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    Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:24:01

    Album of the Week: Cold Cave – "Full Cold Moon" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    On "Oceans With No End", a standout from Full Cold Moon, Cold Cave's Wesley Eisold sings, "There are fields inside me, there are flowers growing and rivers flowing to oceans with no end". It's a vivid vignette into an otherworldly visual that elegantly comes to life on the music's electronic charge and strange guitar swell. It's also the perfect example of Cold Cave's utter mastery of electro-rock—or whatever you'd like to dub the genre.

    They're direct descendants of Depeche Mode and Bauhaus, but there's a modern spark and personal tenacity that separates them. Full Cold Moon isn't necessarily a proper "new album", per se, but it does collect some of the band's best and brightest recent singles, offering a powerful gateway into this world of Eisold's. Whether it's the glitch-y dance of "A Little Death to Laugh" where he takes on a brooding baritone or the kinetic bop of "Young Prisoner Dreams of Romance", boundaries become smashed and the shards formulate a towering example of Eisold's own songwriting prowess. Even the dark "Don't Blow Up The Moon" blossoms into another potent hook, while the well-crafted finale "Beaten 1979" conveys a synth-y transmission that's as catchy as it is cybernetic—especially when punctuated by the echoing vocal.

    Full Cold Moon sits high in the sky alongside Cold Cave's best work. It's our "album of the week" as it opens up the gateway for newcomers into one of the most thrilling acts in the world right now. You'll be transfixed we promise!

    Rick Florino
    07.21.14


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