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- Restless Idylls by Tropic of Cancer
10/10 Brian Staff review, 20 September 2013
I don't really know whether Henry Miller was an influence insofar as their elegantly alluring moniker goes but this increasingly renowned LA-based artist Camella Lobo somehow produces incredibly erotic and sensual music from the most spartan ingredients. Shame all her lyrics are about death, loss, depression and such cheery romance-slaying issues.
Call it post-romantic if you will, a stripped-back doom-laden aura that has enveloped our musical souls in the past few years, fitting beautifully with this decade's increasing political and social paranoia, helplessness and frustration. It's always been "dark times" but nowadays we see and feel it more acutely as we're supposedly less blinkered to the myriad horrors of this world. Funny how we crave music that reflects this, a soundtrack to the sadness. 'Restless Idylls' is just the tonic.
Been a while since techno devotees got the surprise of their lives when former austere scene don Regis released two game-changing ten inches through his Downwards imprint, featuring, respectively, the startling talents of The KVB and the (once Silent Servant assisted) outfit we have here today. Both those records hinted at something extraordinary happening on the underground. "Goth" was coming back out to play and this time it wasn't going to be the domain of ridiculous flour-doused English goons with bad hair sporting stetsons and twatty round sunglasses.
For this is brittle, subtle and evocative music loaded with genuine suspense, atmosphere and intoxicating s-p-a-c-e (with a soupçon of menace) but many of you reading this will know what they sound like already. I'm not preaching to a fucking nursery here. Tropic of Cancer, on their hypnotic debut album have written eight elegiac gems, beautiful lugubrious electronic-based torch songs possessing little more than icy gliding synth washes, ghostly smears/smudges of spectral vocal and occasional mournful guitar motifs along with tentative thrums of navel-gazing bass, not forgetting that wondrous echo laden-drum machine that often sounds like it's teetering on the brink of Beachy Head. This is absolute top drawer melancholi-core baby and it hurts so damn good.
10/10 Pawel Customer review, 11th July 2015
I'm not much of a fan of any genre when it comes to revivals, but what Ms. Camella did on this album is very close to my 38ish-years-old heart. Joy Division vs The Cure? With lyrics/vocals dimmed enough to not disturb your enjoyment of some very cool and well mixed vintage sounds ? Wicked. It's very rare. She has the talent to emulate the right sounds, moods of the '80s without sounding too pretentious or forced or repetitive. Pure talent and highly underappreciated. I wish she can elaborate on that cold wave thing on her next album - looking forward to that.
10/10 Magenta Customer review, 6th December 2014
I love this band!!, Her voice it's so perfect, Camella Lobo and Taylor Buch are the best women couple in the music, thanks for your music and sounds, I love your sick lyrics.
Tropic of Cancer must come to South America, your welcome :)
Hugs from the last country in the world.
Love, love, love, love, love.
10/10 chas Customer review, 29th October 2013
What a treat this record is like Revels eat one and you want more.
Dark, slow building and brilliant landscapes.
This record will not melt in your fingers and will last longer than my bag of Revels. I would put this up with Forest Swords "Engraving" and both will be in my top ten this year. Buy it sounds sweet.
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