Wesley Eisold used to sing in Philly-based hardcore band Give Up the Ghost but switches musical gears for Cold Cave's debut, delivering an addictive blast of dark, synth-pop noise. Packed with lo-fi-meets-nu-rave parsings of UK post-punk discontent, the album's distorted melodies are immediately catchy yet convey brooding emotional depth.
Fans of Cut Copy and Crystal Castles will appreciate Life Magazine and Heaven Was Full, two tracks that reference elements of these often-imitated acts in fresh ways. Though the title track comes too close to New Order's Temptation, club cut Youth And Lust and anticipation-packed pop gem The Trees Grew Emotions And Died more than compensate.
Top track: The Trees Grew Emotions And Died