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Nausea, The Earth and Me, by Cold Cave

Nausea, The Earth And Me

It’s been a proactive year for Cold Cave. Not only have four new singles been released since 2011’s full-length, Cherish the Light Years, but extensive touring has come about as well with the likes of Boyd Rice, Douglas J. McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) and Gary Numan—shows reaching across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Shortly after announcing additional November dates in Russia, Cold Cave creator/vocalist/songwriter Wesley Eisold released a new three-song digital single, Nausea, The Earth and Me (2013) through his publishing company, Heartworm Press.

Beginning ominously is the title track before a soothing water-drop tone and a smoky, whipping snare, lock the song into rhythm. Eisold later sings of human offenses to nature’s dignity: “Disgusting family sitting in a restaurant / Passing animals and stories around the table.”

The song ends in an outbreak of noise before a sea change ushers in a synthetically pure, sprightly tone emanating from electric keys in, “Don’t Blow Up the Moon.”

The last track, “Beaten 1979,” showcases the power of Eisold’s baritone. The noise-storm that crawled out of the title track returns in “Beaten 1979,” this time culminating in highly concentrated discharges against an otherwise serene sound-scape. Which effectively sustains the overall tone of malaise synonymous with the EP’s title and lyrical content—noise, disgust, and finally, nothing, leaving the listener in the light of few white seconds of silence against this otherwise black backdrop of malcontent.

From the bedroom laptop hybrids of Cremations, to the bombastic synth-pop explosions of Cherish the Light Years, Nausea, The Earth and Me blends the fruitful experimentation of Cold Cave’s past efforts flawlessly with the singular vision of Eisold’s most recent releases.