Who played this joke on us?
Death of Lovers – Buried Under a World of Roses MLP /656 yellow & blue mix vinyl || Deathwish Inc. 2014
They must really like Death in June. That’s understandable, I do too. The album title alone could hold references to three or four DI6 records - Burial, The World That Summer, Rose Clouds of Holocaust and the To Drown a Rose EP - but that is pure guessing on my behalf.
Then there are the visual aesthetics often associated with Death in June and the releases of Douglas Pearce; close up pictures of weathered statues, the circular logo and the foil print details. This MLP has them all and could fit visually somewhere between Cathedral of Tears, Burial, But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter? and the DI6/Current 93 split LP, 1888, just to name a few.
Music wise they deliver a very solid post-punk sound with pummeling rhythms and heavy synths. At places not that far from the DI6 Nada! album, or earliest singles, but that is where the comparison stops. Although firmly rooted in the darker side of the 80’s, Death of Lovers write both louder and poppier tunes than most who delve into this style. And then there is a touch of the shoegaze sound, that came to life later on.
Initially I was on the fence about whether to like this or not, but the songwriting is absolutely solid. Give it a shot at the link below, and you will be humming along in no time.