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Cold Cave - You & Me & Infinity

by Joseph Majsterski Rating:8 Release Date:2018-06-01
Cold Cave - You & Me & Infinity
Cold Cave - You & Me & Infinity

A lot of music falling under the extremely broad and vague umbrella of post-industrial is overdone and silly. It's a fine line to walk between edgy and cheesy. So it's always refreshing when a band is able to pull it off, as Wesley Eisold, performing under his moniker Cold Cave, has done with his brief EP You & Me & Infinity. With only four tracks, the set absolutely leaves you wanting more, which is a good thing.

Eisold comes out swinging on the eponymous first track, 'You and Me and Infinity', with a solidly pulsing synth and fun, retro styled beats that place the song squarely in darkwave territory. His vocals also have a gothic tinge, giving the song more depth. The urgency steps up significantly on the second track, 'Nothing is True but You', where collaborator Amy Lee's vocals blend with Eisold. Together, they sound exquisitely desperate while club-friendly beats back the relentless synths. This is the best kind of dark love song.

But he pulls something of a rabbit out of his hat on the third track, 'Glory', which goes with a much synth-pop, upbeat approach. The only contemporary I can think of who has recently pulled off both the light and dark styles on the same set like this is Army on the Dance Floor. The vocal harmonies here are positively charming, and it all feels very 80s, like it should have been on the soundtrack of a Jim Henson fantasy movie. I'm marking this down as one of the best songs of the year, though it technically first came out late last year on its own single.

And what's great is that after that high-flying tune, they crawl back into the shadows for the finale, 'My Heart is Immortal'. And while the song slides back into the groove established by the first two tracks, it adds some more grating, almost atonal synthwork to keep things interesting. And there's something about the chorus (simply "my heart is immortal" said in a spiritless monotone)that is profoundly grim. But it does manage to brighten things up right at the end with some punchy synth horns.

The set feels like a total tease, showcasing Eisold's range while leaving a lot unsaid. Anyone who ever wore black boots in a club needs to pick up this EP immediately. Luckily, the band has been putting out music for a decade, so there's plenty of back catalog to dig into after this whets your appetite.

 

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