Cold In May – Dark Season (review @ Side-Line)
SkyQode is a label that caught my attention for some amazing technoid and trance-pop minded releases from bands like Mental Discipline and Ginger Snap 5. Cold In May deals with a more electro-pop & rock minded sound unleashing their 2nd full length to date.
Hailing from Minsk (Belarus) Cold In May clearly tries to compose ‘pop’ music with a different approach. Don’t expect to discover a new Depeche Mode clone, but an electro and rock pop composition with an impressive arsenal of influences. This is not exactly a sound based upon happy melody lines, but a mix of powerful guitar parts and electronic sequences. I think we might easily call Mesh as a potential source of inspiration, which comes through on the arrangements of “The Reason” and “Starbright”. The track “Everyday” is another song in the purest Mesh tradition.
The songs are clearly carried by electronic melody lines and empowering guitar parts. It all sounds a bit moody and melancholic like. I think there also is a very strong indie touch running through this album. A few songs are a bit stagnating, but the final part reveals a few more interesting cuts. The melancholic “Last Day On Earth” is a pretty captivating piece, but I especially recommend “No Way Back Home” for the magic harmony between guitar and electronics. The acoustic version of “Night Like These” is a sweet and artistic ballad revealing the symbiosis between the singer and piano play.
My only regret is maybe the lack of an absolute master hit, which in a way makes the difference between Cold In May and Mesh. The more pumping “Happy People” has a harder dance and club appeal although I’m missing this little part of magic that makes become a song a hit.
Conclusion: If you don’t know Cold In May I highly recommend that you to discover their new album, which I’m sure will please fans of Mesh and indie-pop generally speaking.
Best songs: “Happy People”, “No Way Back Home”, “Last Day On Earth”, “The reason”, “Everyday”.