Cindergarden – Anthology Vol.1 (Album – Wave Records)

By Jul 28,2021

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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”.

Rate: (7).


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