Clusters Of Fornication is a project from Sean C. Cook. He recently released a self-titled four- song EP Clusters Of Fornication. His music blends music like post-punk and new wave that came from the late ’70s and early ’80s. The music is dark and misty not unlike Joy Division or The Cure but there are also plenty of early dance MIDI sounds that bands like New Order embraced.
His music certainly feels like an homage to that era from the production, aesthetics and even the monotone vocal delivery that was made popular by Ian Curtis. The first song is entitled “Catacomb Song” and Cook mentions that “the act of saying goodbye to a dying loved one is addressed.” This is a dark but dance worthy song that sounds like it could be coming out of a dance club at two o’clock in the morning. It’s a catchy song and covered in the aesthetics from that period.
Up next is “Styrofoam Flurries” which is a little more bleak and like a synth heavy funeral march. The electronic drums keep a steady 4/4 beat while pads float around. Cook’s vocals don’t have the slightest bit of levity.
“Beacon” is the most upbeat track yet. Cook continues to utilizes a similar palette of sounds however and creates a very cohesive experience. It’s also arguably the catchiest song in the batch. “Earth Warden” is the closing track and perhaps the most contemporary sounding. The sounds and production felt a little closer to NIN. This makes sense as Trent Rezor was heavily influenced by bands like New Order.
This EP felt like a salute to an amalgamation of bands that were connected by vision and vibe. If I heard the music without knowing when it was released I probably would have said 1980. Recommended.
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