MASQUER – cover my face as the animals cry – record review


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Références musicales : The Cure, Joy Division

Whether you like it or not, the 1980s influence the face of the current global pop music. For several years, keyboards are the new guitars. I am not a huge fan of them though, and am kind of fed up to hear the same pop over and over again, especially within the Swedish music scene.

Masquer? One of those bands strongly influence by the 1980s. I should hate them then, but I don’t. I have even been following them for a long time, since March 2009. And actually, before that, I did like Kicki Halmos and Pelle Lundqvist’s previous band Idoru. All in all, they sound much better than the hundreds of other bands that take Joy Division or Cure as God

Their debut record is called Cover my face as the animals cry. Don’t ask me why. It will be released on the 14th of September. But I am lucky enough to have been able to listen to it during the whole summer. It was actually quite weird, because this album is not sunny at all. When you listen to it, you feel like you were stuck in a cage drowning into the ocean. Maybe because of the nostalgic and haunting Kicki’s voice. Maybe because of the whole atmosphere of their sound. It is not that sad. Just dark. The kind of record I prefer listening at night in a club than in the morning in front of my corn flakes, if you know what I mean.

With hit songs such as Star Naked, A Crush, Happiness or my favourite Flings, this record is definitely a must have for anyone who enjoys dark and melodic pop music. “Indie”, I guess, but quite enjoyable for a wide audience. If I should add a tag on the cover I would tell you this is THE pop record you should get for the start of the new school year.

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