The Way Things Fall

ADULT.

The Way Things Fall

With their fifth studio album, married couple Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller (a.k.a. Adult.) prove there's indeed life after electroclash. The Way Things Fall is the duo’s first album in six years. It opens with “Heartbreak,” a dark and angular electro-pop song with stabbing synth notes and Kuperus singing androgynously, recalling Tubeway Army–era Gary Numan. This is punctuated by the deliberately wonky fidelity of analog synth textures and dated drum machines. Kuperus and Miller dial down the abrasive textures in the following “Idle (Second Thoughts),” a standout song even more mired in early-'80s neon new wave pop. Kuperus takes a different vocal approach here, sounding like a cross between Siouxsie Sioux and Berlin's Terri Nunn. The duo makes a slight return to its electroclash beginnings in “Tonight, We Fall,” where tasteful darkwave and synthcore trimmings gussy up a catchy and near-anthemic pop song. Both “Love Lies” and “A Day Like Forever” tap into a darker, more cavernous sound—especially the latter, which sounds inspired by late-'70s goth.

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