Genre/Influences: Cold-Wave, Dream-Pop.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Three years after their self-titled debut-EP –released by Solange Endormie, the French formation Candélabre signed to Manic Depression Records to unleash their debut album.
Content: The work is mixing pure dark 80s influences, mixing Cold-Wave and Dream-Pop. The songs are infused by typical 80s guitar play, which switches from melancholia into heavier pieces. On top of the production you’ll notice the bewitching and sometimes fragile timbre of Cindy Sanchez’s voice.
+ + + : Candélabre confirms the interesting potential showed at “Candélabre”. The production of the vocals became more dominant and definitely appears to be the main strength of this work. But a good singer is nothing without great music. Candélabre doesn’t innovate, but still moves on dealing with alluring Cold-Wave intermixed with Dream-Pop and a few Shoegaze passages. Globally speaking the influences remain the same, but the sound became more personal.
– – – : I regret this album only features seven songs.
Conclusion: Candélabre is a band I would recommend to 80s nostalgics of Cold-Wave music and related styles.
Best songs: “Men And Beasts”, “Bliss”, “Ceasefire Of Love”.
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