Death Of Lovers was formed last year by Nick Basset of Whirr and Dominic Polermo of Nothing, both groups I’m regrettably unfamiliar with, but extremely tempted, at this point, to check out, given the impeccable beauty of the EP these two men have come together to create. It’s what I’d call a Gothic masterpiece, combining elements of post-punk, darkwave, and shoegaze articulately and knowledgeably.
Cold Heaven: Buried Under a World of Roses opens with a pummeling, typically post-punk drum riff overlaid by icy Cure-esque synths and a bass line so dark and low it’s barely distinguishable. Death of Lovers’ lyrics are darkly eloquent and poetic, sung fittingly with a brooding british inflection.
Shaken: I tend to like my post-punk tuned down, fast, and gritty. That is to say, when a track of this nature is played at such a slow tempo, I’m likely to think simply setting a mood doesn’t cut it; it has to be beautiful, or else barely worth my time. …