We Never Sleep, moniker of solo musician James Devin, updates Robert Smith’s fragile vocal delivery with a 2014 hi-fi synthpop sheen. Glammy, goth and drenched in teenage melancholia, “Dorm Room Ghost” feels as much indebted to the Cure’s Disintigration as it does to Ke$ha’s Animal; the track’s slick production and skittering programmed drum lines scream “club banger,” while its darkwave synth lines and mawkish lyrics spin the track to an emotional headspace more akin to acts like New Order or Cold Cave. Lines like, “Sweet sugar slayed / My dead teeth ache / The cold bites me, I put on my leather jacket and I’ll pretend there’s some snow” echo the soaring lyrical delivery of Circa Survive’s Anthony Green while its crisp production fits a poppier image.
The Cemetery Boys | Self Titled LP
3 1/2 of 5 stars
Review by Kim Vincent
Photo by Fitz
If I were...
September 21, 2014
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