8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 07 March 2014
Here's a compilation called 'Something Cold' on a label called 'Something Cold'. It's becoming apparent on listening to the chilly platter in question that that something is a wave. A cold wave.
I'm learning from the press release that Something Cold is a live showcase in Detroit set up in 2009 for "minimal synth, coldwave and industrial sounds" and this LP highlights their picks from the US coldwave underground over recent years. Both the quality and obscurity of the material here is impressive, Os Ovni are the only band I've encountered prior to hearing this LP.
Local boy Autumus opens with droning synths and twitching drum machines and a voice smeared in neon smoke across the air, Human League meets John Carpenter, it's good. Subtitles spit antisocial raps over a rasping synth, Deastro shoot metallised vocal and synth buzz over a churning John Maus fist-pump of a beat, The Present Moment throw in some new wave and disco influences for a cheeky-but-cool bit of weirdpop, and much more that you'll have to find out about for yourself.
If cold is your wave, you'll find things to like that you hadn't already heard on here.
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