Cold Cave: Cherish the Light Years (3 stars)

More 80s post-punk synth-pop in the New York trio's second album

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Cold Cave: Cherish the Light Years

(Matador)

It’s slightly disappointing to find NYC trio Cold Cave following up the clutch of dark 80s post-punk and synth-pop rip-offs on their 2009 debut Love Comes Close with, er, another clutch of dark 80s post-punk and synth-pop rip-offs. Though in fairness, with nobody pushing the envelope particularly at present, there’s plenty to be said for a band that mimic their idols as convincingly.

The Sound are invoked in the industrial churn of ‘The Great Pan Is Dead’, while ‘Alchemy and You’ could be The Teardrop Explodes between the blaring horns and Wesley Eisold’s extravagant Julian Cope-esque baritone. Judging by ‘Underworld USA’, if all goes tits-up, Cold Cave have a promising future as a Cure tribute act.

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