Published on October 31st, 2009 | by greg2
Cold Cave : Love Comes Close :: Review
Jarring, abrasive and occasionally poppy, “Love Comes Close” is an often times off kiltered and semi-accessible debut by Cold Cave featuring ex Give Up The Ghost leader Wesley Eisold. Cold Cave Eisold’s attempt on “Love Comes Close” was to fuse the various dance influences of the 80’s – 90’s into something cohesive and for the most part, he succeeds. Cold Cave could be termed neo-futurists for excavating some of these old rhythms and for incorporating that knowing wink that references the past and touches upon luminaries such as Joy Division, Throbbing Gristle and the Wax Trax era.
Album opener, “Cebe and Me” arrives with a chilly, isolated, mechanical mood. The title track, “Love Comes Close” liberally borrows from Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough” had it been sung by Ian Curtis. Other standouts include, “The Laurels of Erotomania” and “Hello Rats.” It’s been a while since a dance album caught my attention like this and kudos to Matador for bringing Cold Cave to the nation’s attention.