Death Of Lovers - The Acrobat (DAIS Records) 2017
Back in 2014, Death of Lovers’ debut EP Buried Under a World of Roses encapsulated everything good about pop music, post-punk misery and 80’s nostalgic feeling. Now, three years later and with doubts about a potential comeback, they took a break from their crazy tour schedule with their other band Nothing (Nick Bassett, Domenic Palermo and Kyle Kimball) to go back to writing and to record Death of Lovers’ new full-length album, without taking any rest following their exhausting tour schedule. The Acrobat brings back some good and old gloom. There’s for sure a feeling of familiarity around this new set of songs, everything flows perfectly well and Domenic’s atmospheric voice sounds even more laid back and confident.
Through simplicity and sticking to the classic-esque of bands like The Cure, Joy Division and New Order, Death of Lovers once again makes you feel miserable. There’s some flashes of light and optimism, but overall it’s an amalgamation of chilling synths and emotional nihilism that makes you feel dreamy, human and mortal. Real music for real people, we dare to say. It might challenge you sometimes, but we all need a good and fresh challenge now and then.