Much of the album floats in stark minimalism, but hardly the kind that leaves a listener feeling cold (heh). It’s all very inviting, with soft, effect-laden vocals, pleasant keyboard leads, driving bass and drums. Also present are elements of dub and reggae, which connotes a direct interest in the very influences that Joy Division and New Order held. In fact, what appears to actually be happening here is that Colder takes a philosophy of music that’s bred from the same place as JD/NO and the rest of ’em: similar influences, similar outlooks, with results that aren’t really the same, but different and very much brilliant.
Ultimately, Again isn’t simply music that makes you pine for a bygone era, as much as it’s a stunning release that makes you think of new, altogether more interesting possibilities for the future.
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