Selfishadows – Again (Album – Manic Depression)

By May 2,2021

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Genre/Influences: Gothic, Dark-Rock & Pop, Cinematographic.

Format: Digital, Vinyl.

Background/Info: After a self-released debut album (cf. “Step On) and the official albums “Nothing” (released in 2016 on Bunkier) and “Recalling” (released in 2017 on Unknown Pleasures Records), Daniele Giustra (still involved with The Well Of Sadness) released the newest album of Selfishadows at the end of 2020 on Manic Depression. The musician got some help from a few guest musicians to achieve “Again”.

Content: The work is clearly evoking 80s influences and some songs might remind you of Echo And The Bunnymen and The Cure. There’s this typical 80s spirit, but you’ll also discover dreamier cuts, which could be suited for a kind of ‘film-noir’. I also noticed a Rock-Pop touch emerging from other cuts.

+ + + : The 80s influence is one of the most noticeable elements from the work and for sure one of the main reasons why it previously caught the attention of Unknown Pleasures Records and now Manic Depression. The typical low resonating bass lines and guitar playing both express this unique spirit of the 80s Cold/New-Wave sound. That’s why I like the song “Close To Me” (does the title evoke something in you?), but also the debut track “A Way To Cry”. There’s also something to say about the more Cinematographic title song.

– – – : Despite of the album’s diversity I didn’t really hear a potential ‘hit’.

Conclusion: Call it Dark- or Cold-Wave music, but with an extra Cinematographic touch on top.

Best songs: “Close To Me”, “A Way To Cry”, “Again”.

Rate: (6½).


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