Mono No Aware
A Storm Is Coming
Label: Maori Music Publishing (2018)
Emerging from a city with its own legendary musical history, Sheffield duo Promenade Cinema have delivered a debut album that keeps that legacy very much alive. Best known for giving the world the likes of The Human League, Heaven 17 and Cabaret Voltaire, Sheffield has again brought forth another electronic act that manage to stand on their own and have the tunes to prove it.
Describing their sound as Cinedramatic Synthpop, Dorian Cramm and Emma Barson have rapidly chalked up critical appraisal for their darkwave delights. As a niche, the darkwave end of the synthpop spectrum has cultivated some classic bands of the past, although theres always a danger that treading the same ground is going to result in a stale, by-the-numbers synth act. But Living Ghosts is a much subtler beast that shows a band evolving and makes Promenade Cinemas work a likely candidate for album of the year.
Formerly part of Berlyn Trilogy, Dorian Cramm has since joined forces with Emma Barson to establish in this new venture which serves as a reminder of the talent that the northern electronic scene has to offer. Acts such as Shes Got Claws, Future Perfect, Twist Helix and the aforementioned Berlyn Trilogy all represent a healthy synthpop environment and one in which Promenade Cinema slot into quite neatly.
Living Ghosts presents a concise collection of the duos work, wrapped up in an album that traces a distinct arc over the course of 10 tracks. Interestingly, opening track As The World Stops Revolving doesnt quite blow your socks off. Its a serviceable slice of synthpop, but not quite on par with the rest of the albums content. Instead, Spotlight is where the album starts showing its true power. Its a dense, layered composition with a flourish for treating vocals in intriguing layered ways. A pulse-driven composition thats contrasted with the slightly melancholy piano elements.
1. As The World Stops Revolving (Album Version) 06:01
2. Spotlight 04:33
3. Polaroid Stranger 03:32
4. Chemical Haunting (Extended Version) 04:49
5. Stock Image Model 04:37
6. The Quiet Silently Wait 04:49
7. Cassette Conversations 04:55
8. Softly, The Sinister Hold 04:35
9. Credits 07:45
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