Release Date: Jan 21, 2014
Record label: Universal
Thirty-five years on, post-punk continues to cast its long, sombre shadow on contemporary music like a disused factory over a romanticised Northern England. A decade ago, those involved were generally lumped into the 'post-punk revival', despite the bands inhabitant to this scene rarely having much to with the bleak intellectualism and and innovative nature of the genre's first wave. In more recent years, for better or for worse, there is a trend for more authenticity, with ferocious records last year such as Silence Yourself and Girls Like Us receiving relatively mainstream attention and acclaim.
Vancouver’s Mode Moderne return with their hearts and influences stitched on their sleeves. ‘Occult Delight’ is their second album, and once more they draw a cultural bridge between modern-day Canada and the greyed tones of 1980s Manchester. A weighted nod to Joy Division’s density of emotion here, a fleeting echo of Morrissey’s vocal tics there.