Monday, May 30, 2011
pulseprogramming - "Charade Is Gold" (2011) [Audraglint Records]
Charade Is Gold recalls the post-Joy Division, early 1980s punk scene, but with a modern sense of atmosphere and dreaminess. Think Souvlaki-era Slowdive covering songs off of New Order's first few albums; dance-infused beats and catchy basslines coupled with dreamy synthesizers and intermingled voices. Each track sounds like a magnificent sunset over a flower garden, but in the least cheesy way possible. Imagine if Portishead wrote "Dummy" while blissfully content instead of morose, grey and frustrated...but with loads more synthesizer. I definitely enjoy how reserved and calm this album is; most newer post-punk bands concentrate more on emotional intensity and less-than-successfully recreating an Ian Curtis-like vocal atmosphere (they normally sound like they're trying to vomit - don't they ever learn?).
pulseprogramming exists in their own little world, and it's working just fine. I can definitely see Charade Is Gold accompanying midday bike rides, reading in the backyard, or just relaxing and thinking of lost time and old friends. It's coldwave without being cold, so I guess we'll call it warmwave. Since post-punk is something that can be approached with hesitation, I can see fans of Sigur Ros or The Album Leaf getting into this one as well, so, please, look into this one!
Be sure to pick up one of the 700 LP pressing here at Audraglint's webpage, and I certainly wouldn't complain if one of you kind folks out there bought me a copy as well!