A Copy for Collapse, an Italian electro-gaze darkwave duo, has released a brilliantly nebulous but shining album titled Waiting For. Atmospheric and abstract, these ten tracks sail along a synth-driven current that intensifies throughout.
The title track is sonic hypnosis; it begins with a blast of energy and stirring instrumentation which latches on and reels you in. It’s more than halfway through the song that we even get a taste of vocals–a simple, somewhat eerie, “Waiting for,” that repeats until the end. I wish that saying this track is efficient sounded sexier, because it’s a ball of electro fire that gets the job done at starting off Waiting For vigorously.
“Confusion” is sparkly synthpop that elicits a trapped-in-a-funhouse vibe; it’s not entirely haunting, but it is urgently disorienting. Later tracks, such as the booming “Triangle” and the apocalyptic finale, “Grey Sunday,” also ride the riptide of darkwave pulling through the record.
The ‘80s influence surprised me and gave this album a whole other charismatic dimension. ‘80s elements on “Alone” and the thrilling “Another Chance” seep in through atmospheric synth and percussion. Those influences shine on “Dusk,” which lightning bolts sharp synth overtop catchy percussion. “Dusk” is clean, minimal, and uses synth almost as a tool to reenact vocals, providing an emotional storyline through techno elements alone. And just as static brought us in, it returns for the exit, wrapping up one of the most unique tracks on this album.
But it’s “No Failure” that is the intoxicating standout. It combines upbeat percussion and echoed vocals that make this track more of a dream than it is a song. A Copy for Collapse nailed it on this one, where breaks and dips sharpen this epic, ethereal experience.
If Eden had a bit more emo sister garden, Waiting For would be the album bumping through its speaker system. And of course, mesmerizing you into trying out them apples. —Rachel Haney