mixes atmospheric synths and catchy melodies and fuses them with hypnotic drum beats, lush guitar work, and elegantly powerful vocals from sole band-member Todd Loomis.
passionately blends old school European synth-pop, cold wave and post-punk into a modern, atmospheric, accessible darkwave sound.
Imagine Disintegration-era of The Cure with more emphasis on the electronics.
Todd's previous life was as a co-conspirator in
Velvet Acid Christ, co-writing and performing on 2006's "Lust for Blood", which ranked at the top of Germany's DAC for 4 weeks; the album's single "Wound", ranked on the DAC's singles chart for 7 weeks and held the #1 position for 4 weeks.
The album explores the darker side of truth as it mirrors life: the weight of inevitability, sadness, frustration, indifference, anger, loneliness, claustro-phobia, etc. Todd
ponders the desperation of time, sands falling through the hourglass, the end creeping forward, and our own powerlessness in the face of finality. There is a deep sense of sorrow in the music, a hauntedawareness that time is running out
The sweeping sound is warm and emotional yet at times filled with a deep chill. Instrumentation is predominately synth-based with guitars providing a swirling wall of texture: melodic at times, yet mainly harmonic and organic. Spellbinding drums are slightly repetitive and almost dance-like. Vocals range from a soft whisper to full verbal onslaught.
Overall, "A World We Pretend" is a passionate outpouring of deep and enduring melancholy. Poetic and flowing, the album provides beautiful atmospheres of stark images and emotion.