Once again, Cold Cave makes excellent use of an electronic-based sound and standout synth riffs to create the moody albumÂ Cherish the Light Years.
The first two tracks are either a challenging listen or merely passable. Track three, is where the album really picks up. â€œConfetti,â€ is arguably the best song out of all nine tracks. Â Itâ€™s something you can dance to while allowing the nostalgia that the synths and chorus somehow evoke within a few bars, to wash over you. And itâ€™s all topped off with memorable lyrics like, Â â€œI feel guilty being alive when so many beautiful people have diedâ€ and â€œyou look so good on the outside.â€
â€œIcons of Summerâ€ is club ready and features discordant laser synth sounds and â€œBurning Sageâ€ is bare during its verses allowing the vocals to ring clear, but builds up at all the right moments.Â The last track, â€œVillains of the Moon,â€ offers a kind of closure, speaking of love and mortality while pushing through a wall of uplifting sound.
At times, the vocals require a bit of getting used to (especially on â€œUnderworld USAâ€). But overall, Cherish the Light Years is solid and daring. Filled with a good balance of dark thoughts and deep sounds, fans of Cold Caveâ€™s previous work will have no problem getting into this album.