Cold Cave – “The Great Pan Is Dead”
February 6, 2011, 7:20 pm
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Cold Cave’s debut LP, Love Comes Close, didn’t do much for me, but I’ve been looking forward to their Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Smith Westerns) produced sophomore LP, Cherish The Light Years, regardless.  After one listen of “The Great Pan Is Dead”, it became clear that Cold Cave aren’t interested in passive fans anymore – they want to be loved or hated. Me?  I fucking love this single, and I can only hope this is a harbinger of what Cherish The Light Years has to offer.  I usually don’t resort to copying/pasting press release quotes, but theirs felt especially definitive:

Cold Cave are an experimental electronic pop group from Philadelphia and New York City who make melodic synthscapes with jackhammer beats. They acknowledge the dark roots of synthesizer music as well as its potential for making the brightest pop with their hard songs celebrating the contradictory beauty of the human condition.

In addition, it appears that Cold Cave frontman, Wesley Eisold, has moved beyond his innocuous Ian Curtisms and is embracing brighter Brit heroes – specifically, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker.  In fact, “The Great Pan Is Dead” plays like “Common People” reconfigured as a blown-out, bulldozer rush.

Cherish The Light Years is out 4/5 via Matador.

Download MP3: “The Great Pan Is Dead”

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