10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cold Cave’s Wesley Eisold has carefully studied British post-punk of the ‘80s, with a focus on Manchester’s Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub (fun extra credit assignment to young students: see the films, “24 Hour Party People” and “Control”). He’s Honor Roll material, clearly driven with a passion that makes one wonder if Eisold is actually “Madchester” scene co-founder/impresario Tony Wilson incarnate. Cherish the Light Years is even bolder than 2009’s Love Comes Close in reclaiming and reshaping the adolescent angst-wrought sounds of that era. In between the crisp, dance-floor incantations of “Catacombs” and the sinister, industrial-flavored “Burning Sage,” a handful of surprises boosts Cold Cave to new heights. “Alchemy and You” is a more contemporary sounding, horn-adorned blast of energy, “Confetti” is a perfectly crafted melancholy swirl of glittering synths, and the thunderous, anthemic tracks “The Great Pan is Dead” and “Villains of the Moon” make superb bookends, with the closing track imparting that triumphant note of hope that is the core of so many great pop songs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cold Cave’s Wesley Eisold has carefully studied British post-punk of the ‘80s, with a focus on Manchester’s Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub (fun extra credit assignment to young students: see the films, “24 Hour Party People” and “Control”). He’s Honor Roll material, clearly driven with a passion that makes one wonder if Eisold is actually “Madchester” scene co-founder/impresario Tony Wilson incarnate. Cherish the Light Years is even bolder than 2009’s Love Comes Close in reclaiming and reshaping the adolescent angst-wrought sounds of that era. In between the crisp, dance-floor incantations of “Catacombs” and the sinister, industrial-flavored “Burning Sage,” a handful of surprises boosts Cold Cave to new heights. “Alchemy and You” is a more contemporary sounding, horn-adorned blast of energy, “Confetti” is a perfectly crafted melancholy swirl of glittering synths, and the thunderous, anthemic tracks “The Great Pan is Dead” and “Villains of the Moon” make superb bookends, with the closing track imparting that triumphant note of hope that is the core of so many great pop songs.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

RickAlfa12 ,

Rickalfa12

Wow seriously since the first time I heard "confetti" I've been hooked! I HAD to ID this song with my vzw tones app, so glad I did. I love the lyrics, the sound, the production etc. All around great album but that song is one of my all time favorites. It seems every fall/winter I hear a great song I always remember that year for and this was my song for 2011. Ha :)

Pslightly Psycho ,

Cave-'N

Wesley Eisold is the second coming of Ian Curtis, Robert Smith, and all the great Goth gods of the past 20 years. Cold Cave's music is retro darkwave yet so urgently today. You can dance to this stuff and mope out to it too. Beautiful, melodic gloom.

alternapop ,

80s new wave, electronica, post-punk

comparing them to linkin park or godsmack? geez, dig a little deeper.

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