COLD CAVE Love Comes Close

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(Mata­dor) Even with the 20th an­niver­sary of Nir­vana’s Nev­er­mind on the hori­zon — no doubt bring­ing with it a ret­ro­grunge resur­gence — the ’80s re­vival re­fuses to go away. For­mer hard­core-punk singer Wes Eisold of Some Girls is the lat­est to tug on a neon head­band as Cold Cave. You’ve got to give it to him: he and his band­mates know how to make a drum ma­chine tick. On “Life Mag­a­zine,” they coyly hide the beat be­hind a wave of dis­torted synths and warped vo­cals, but it worms its way un­der your skin by con­stantly mov­ing, swap­ping clicks out for hand claps and club thumps for break beats. They fol­low this up with “The Lau­rels of Ero­to­ma­nia,” a bit of funk that is highly rem­i­nis­cent of dance-mu­sic pi­o­neer Gior­gio Moroder’s “Chase.” There isn’t much pres­tige in ap­prox­i­mat­ing sounds that were done bet­ter over 30 years ago, but since those sounds were so ahead of their time and are just as elec­tri­fy­ing to­day, it isn’t an egre­gious of­fense. With 31 min­utes of synth-pop, Love Comes Close ul­ti­mately feels more like a bon­bon than a meal. There isn’t much to sink your teeth into, but if one of those teeth is of the sweet va­ri­ety, then there may be some­thing here for you. At the very least, it’s some­thing to tide you over un­til it’s time to break out the flan­nel once more. — Robert Ben­ziker

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