"Hold the tidings, reconnoiterers. This is a new set of songs from
Stephen Cogle of Vacuum, The Victor Dimisich Band and The Terminals.
Dark Matter stands with contemporaries The Renderers and The Puddle in
exemplifying a “late” style of New Zealand post-punk—more concrete, more
Cogle’s vocal flourish stills reminds one of Roxy Music—a band that,
recall, is only ten years older than Cogle’s earliest projects. The
continued relevance of an ensemble like Dark Matter over Roxy Music can
only be attributed to the richness of the musical moment that birthed
it. Trusted names like Cogle, John Christoffels, John Billows, Joanne
Billesdon, Nicole Moffat and Michael Daly continue into the 21st century
in new combinations with new aspects to notice. But more than just an
update on the Christchurch Sound, Dark Matter plays with punk nostalgia
to craft an overwhelmingly romantic (with a lowercase r) pop record.
Too cat-like to be reflective, totally immersed in the garage rock
impetus, their flat, gothic psychedelia is equal parts Chills,
Television Personalities and Scientists, with the intimacy of Wreck
Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos or Small World Experience. With a
breadth of material fitting to the subject of “getting older,” Dark
Matter is perhaps the most finessed document of Cogle’s vision yet." - SILTBREEZE RECORDS
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 12 May, 2014.