Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop, Wave-Pop, Ethereal-Pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Cindergarden is the sonic brainchild of Jaymie Valentine. She set up her solo-project in 2006 and already released multiple productions on her own label Looking Glass Records. This “Anthology” released by Wave Records is a compilation of songs recorded all over the years. Eighteen songs have been selected.
Content: The sound universe of Cindergarden is hard to define. It definitely has something electro-Pop driven, but still going back to some 80s Wave-Pop influences while other passages are darker and even a bit ghost-like. The album also reveals a few more Minimal-Electro like parts revealing one of the very few ‘club’-driven cuts (cf. “The Light Keeps Calling – Radio Edit”.
+ + + : Jaymie Valentine is doing everything herself this way revealing impressive skills as musician and producer. She also created a very personal approach in music, which will for sure appeal for ‘Pop’-lovers, but the work is more than this. It’s a delicate production and some tracks would even fit on a Soundtrack. I however prefer the minimal approach revealed at “Big Bang Baby – Radio Edit” and the aforementioned club-driven “The Light Keeps Calling”.
– – – : A sweet and enjoyable listening, but without absolute highlights.
Conclusion: Cindergarden stands for dark although sweet Pop with a very own approach.
Best songs: “Big Bang Baby – Radio Edit”, “The Light Keeps Calling – Radio Edit”, “Sheep”.