Monday, October 9, 2017

Cults - Offering

We became big fans of Cults when their brand of dark retro pop hit the airwaves a few years ago, and were concerned that their hiatus after the Static LP might have become permanent.  Happily, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion are back with a satisfying set of new songs.  For Offering, the band hasn't entirely abandoned the retro elements, but the core of this album lives in the new wave and '80s big pop sound channel.  It is a good choice for the duo -- the sound fits their skill set like a glove, and their understanding of what makes a good new wave pop song is spot on.  This is music that reaches out to the listener.  It is lively, bright-sounding and forward-looking.  While their earlier work was appropriate for two young talents who dropped out of film school to follow their musical interests, Offering reflects not only the added years and experience, but more specifically the artists' comfort in their own place.  And with that foundation, they offer even more to us on this aptly named return.

Offering is out now via Sinderlyn.


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