Goodbye To Sleep
I Lost You In The Cold


4.0
excellent

Review

by artiswar USER (16 Reviews)
November 4th, 2018 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The cure for The Cure blues.

It hasn’t been the best of times for The Cure fans lately, more like 14 long, hard, miserable years since their last output of any relevance. They followed that up a decade ago with the abysmal and disappointing 4:13 Dream, with only the vague promise of a more gothic effort to come shortly, but that idea was quietly and indefinitely shelved. Truthfully, the band has been dead to me for quite a long time, and no other artist has quite managed to fill that void.

Enter Brandon D’s solo project, Goodbye To Sleep. Brandon is a chameleonic jack-of-all-trades artist who has deftly pulled together seemingly disparate influences into a cohesive brand. He also has an uncanny ability to mimic the vocals and stylistic mannerisms of Robert Smith during the 17 Seconds/Faith/Pornography era, which imbues this release with a potent layer of nostalgia.

After a brief atmospheric intro, things kick off proper with lead single I Lost You In The Cold, which oscillates between dreamy ambience and a massive, wailing Robert Smith hook. It’s all bookended by slabs of raw, anguished black metal, the latter portion which ends far too soon for my liking, but the chorus is so strong and memorable that it hardly tarnishes the song.

Is This What Love Is is another killer cut with its trudging funereal atmosphere, ear-worm hook, and ominous Peter Steele sounding bridge. But probably the highlight of the album is Closer To Hell, Closer To You which eschews metal almost all together in favour of more glorious Cure worship with only very brief and occasional bursts of blasting drums and demonic screaming. The song is just so moody yet upbeat, and reminiscent of the most classic Cure songs.

(Void.) is more traditional black metal fare, but the Immortal-style harsh vocals during the verses just don’t sit too well with the rest of the album stylistically even if they work well on their own. The song sticks out a bit, but it’s far from a dud, sporting some really eerie synth melodies and yet another fantastic chorus hook that will bury itself in your psyche.

Bathe In Silence (Of Time We Lost) is the only real misstep, focusing on a repetitious chorus that’s just slightly on the wrong side of angst and comes off a bit whiny as a result. Closer Don’t Forget Me II isn’t as strong as the heavyweight tracks here but it ends things in a fitting fashion, if a bit abruptly.

But this demo is greater than the sum of its parts; The ambient, black metal, emo, and shoegaze elements come together in unexpected ways for a release that has character and mood to spare. While some of the vocal choices don’t quite pay off, when they do it’s very hard to turn away from the result.



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artiswar
November 4th 2018


7902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://soundcloud.com/goodbye-to-sleep/sets/i_lost_you



Probably my favourite release I've heard from a sput user so far.

Brabiz
November 4th 2018


950 Comments


Yo thanks for reviewing this. Review is really well written, and i agree with all of your points. I was basically on a nonstop creative bender where i released 4 demo albums in 2 or so months. This being the last one, so the tracks that i recorded last suffered a bit because i was worn out and uninspired. Sadly that shows. I’m definitely taking a break before my next release lol.

I’m glad that you enjoyed this so much, it makes me feel genuinely proud, thanks again! Cheers

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tyman128
November 5th 2018


1378 Comments


this catches my attention, I’ll need to jam this
Good review, pos

Minushuman24
November 5th 2018


2209 Comments


This sounds really cool, this album cover is really cool. I really wanna listen to this now.

artiswar
November 5th 2018


7902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Brabiz



You earned it man! I'm still really curious about the revised tracklist... I'm hoping you update the Soundcloud to include those additional songs.

artiswar
November 7th 2018


7902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In honour of this getting pushed off the front page I'm giving this a final bump. Don't sleep on this EP, it's good shit made by a fellow sputniker.

Storm In A Teacup
January 9th 2019


26555 Comments


So this came out this week. Weird that the review was in November. Starting out this is pretty fucking awesome.

Storm In A Teacup
January 9th 2019


26555 Comments


So this came out this week. Weird that the review was in November. Starting out this is pretty fucking awesome.

Brabiz
January 14th 2019


950 Comments


It’s been on soundcloud since november, but now it’s available on everything else so that’s why. Also added a few tracks for the official release. Definitely an improvement i think.



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