Tropic of Cancer return on May 28 with a new 12″ EP, Permissions of Love.
Previous TOC transmissions have come courtesy of Downwards (the band’s first two 10″ singles and a recent compilation, The End Of All Things) and Blackest Ever Black (last year’s The Sorrow Of Two Blooms EP), but the three-track Permissions of Love arrives on Italian label Mannequin, tireless cheerleaders of cold wave sounds old and new.
Essentially the solo project of LA-based Camella Lobo (pictured above), with contributions from John Mendez (aka Sandwell District’s Silent Servant) and Taylor Burch, Tropic of Cancer’s at once funereal and exhilaratingly romantic sound – with perfect pop hooks buried deep under oceans of reverb – has earned them a considerable, and well-deserved, cult following. The three songs that make up Permissions of Love reinforce their trademark style (and what style it is), while adding some new elements: piercing guitar chimes on ‘The One Left’, waltz-time rhythm on ‘Beneath The Light’, near-ambient synthesizer wash on ‘It’s All Come Undone’
Next month Tropic of Cancer will be supporting Demdike Stare on their tour of the US West Coast, including a show at LA’s Los Globos on May 5 where they’re joined on the bill by another Blackest Ever Black-affiliated artist, Dominick Fernow, making his live debut as Vatican Shadow. More details here.
1. The One Left
2. Beneath The Light
3. It’s All Come Undone