Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Jeff Clark’s is a French duo hailing from Le Mans. They previously released two EP’s “Confused” (2018) and “Miserable Star” ( 2020). Both EP’s have been compiled on this album.
Content: The album takes off with the 5 songs from “Confused”, which instantly reveal the 80s influence of the band. This is pure Cold-Wave melancholia. The songs aren’t driven by power, but by emotional atmospheres mainly created by the guitar playing. We next get the 4 songs from “Miserable Star”, which are pretty similar in style. Some passages remind me of The Cure. “Welcome To The Night” is driven by a harder kick injecting some diversity to the work.
+ + + : If you like the typical misty, melancholic Dark-Wave from the 80s this french band will be for sure a cool discovery. They don’t innovate, but know the way to bring the golden age of Cold-Wave music alive. The guitar playing is an essential aspect of the production, not only for the 80s connection, but also for the emotive side. The guitar definitely sounds like the heart and soul of this work.
– – – : A few ‘harder’ cuts would be a real extra and a way to catch a wider attention. I have a preference for the earlier songs featured at “Confused”.
Conclusion: This “EP Collection” is an opportunity to get a bit more familiar with the work of Jeff Clark’s.
Best songs: “Welcome To The Night”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Confused”, “Blank”.