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Cherish the Light Years (Matador)

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Fri., Nov. 4, 2011

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Cold Cave

Cherish the Light Years (Matador)

Cold Cave is the NYC-based brainchild of Wesley Eisold, who fancies himself the poster child of 21st century nihilism. Light Years is supposed to be a modern re-envisioning of New Wave, but there's a blurring of the lines here between building upon an existing genre and merely being derivative. Singer Eisold successfully melds Peter Murphy's bass with Robert Smith's whine on "The Great Pan Is Dead," while Daryl Palumbo's guitar "Confetti" straight-up apes Bernard Sumner's New Order axe work. Based on this evidence, Cold Cave is merely the New Coke of New Wave. (Sat., 5:20pm, Blue stage)

*.5

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