Genre/Influences: New-wave, gothic.
Content: The music of Scarlet Leaves feels like a voyage into distant, but unforgettable years. I feel like I was awakened somewhere in the midst of the 80s discovering a new 4AD band. The melancholia running through this work might appeal to lovers of bands like X Mal Deutschland and Cocteau Twins, and also the most moody side of The Virgin Prunes.
The songs reveal a dark reverie accentuated by the beautiful and sometimes transcendental vocals of Claudio O Ghisi. The songs clearly bring the 80s spirit back to life.
+ + + : The 80s come to life with a band like Scarlet Leaves. This is pure good-old new-wave music accentuated by deep feelings of sadness, but still by a wonderful wafting sensation. The “Alma”-song is a track to watch out for while the “Moritz Schoenermann 80’s Mix” has this extra clubby approach.
– – – : You better avoid this album if you’re tired of 80s emulations. Scarlet Leaves doesn’t bring anything new in the genre.
Conclusion: Scarlet Leaves sounds like turning back the hands of time bringing you back to the glorious 80s. That’s already a while ago, but one thing is for sure, new-wave still influences a lot of bands and some of them are damned efficient pupils.
Best songs: “Alma – Moritz Schoenermann 80’s Mix”, “Alma”, “The Misfirtune”, “Godforsaken”, “Luxeriae”.