Closed Mouth – Conversation Piece (Album – Icy Cold Records)

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Genre/Influences: Cold-Wave, Dark-Wave.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Yannick Rault strikes back with a new album of his sonic alter ego Conversation Piece. He released an impressive number of –mainly self-released, digital productions since 2019.

Content: This new work sounds darker than the official debut-album “One” released in 2019 on Cold Transmission Music. The Dark/Cold-Wave influences are recovering the entire work, creating a sensation of melancholia and despair. Most of the songs are driven by a rather slow cadence, accentuating the emotional side of the work. The songs have been composed with typical 80s guitar playing and low and vibrating bass lines. The last song has something more bombastic and into certain drama.  There’re also 2 breaks –called interludes, in the tracklist.

+ + + : This album moves a step further than previous stuff I heard from this artist. I especially like the dark sphere supporting the songs, which are created by cool guitar parts and bass lines. Closed Mouth brings the true 80s spirit back alive. The somewhat harder “I Can See” is one of the main attention grabbers, but I also have to mention “Your Eternal Sleep” and “Voices”.

– – – : The songs are pretty similar, but if you like the good-old 80s dark ambiance you going to like this work.

Conclusion: This new opus is maybe a little less surprising than the debut work, but Closed Mouth however remains an interesting name to discover.

Best songs: “I Can See”, “Your Eternal Sleep”, “Voices”, “Never Getting Old”.

Rate: (7½).



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