Genre/Influences: Cold-wave, shoegaze, dream-pop, gothic.
Background/Info: Closed Mouth is a French project set up by busy bee Yannick Rault (Triple Sun, The Bluebeard’s Castle, So What?, Sander & Melody, Twenty Years). He set up the band in 2019 and released his debut album a few months later.
Content: The songs are clearly driven by dark 80s influences, which are moving from dream-pop and shoegaze at the opening song to typical cold-wave music during most of the songs. There’s a perfect twist between guitar and electronics, often creating a depressive atmosphere.
+ + + : The debut songs are somewhat hesitant, but quite progressively the album starts to be really fascinating. There are numerous noticeable songs featured and for a debut work this can be considered as a real tour de force. It’s a typically cold-wave production with great guitar play and misty vocals supporting he songs with a mysterious touch. Songs such as “Man Is An Animal”, “Strange New Room” and “Mirror Man” all are remarkable exposures from this band’s potential.
– – – : The debut part of the work can’t convince me in a similar way, but honestly there’s no reason to complain.
Conclusion: This is a debut album, but the musician behind Closed Mouth isn’t clearly a debutant! This is a remarkable new band signed at Cold Transmission Music.
Best songs: “Man Is An Animal”, “Strange New Room”, “Mirror Man”, “Silence Grows”, “See What You Can Find”.