Boomkat Product Review
Camella Lobo's cultish Tropic Of Cancer make a very welcome return with an exquisite 12" on Rome, Italy's Mannequin imprint. Their flawless formula of starched drum machine, plangent jangle and wrist-slitting synth romance is resolutely unchanged and that's completely fine by us. Title track 'Permissions Of Love' is achingly gorgeous, Camella's opiated glossolalia following the sanguine contours of a dystopian, droning lead synth and a nightshift drum machine pattern made for bedsits and cruising light industrial zones at 4am. On B-side, 'Beneath The Light', a tinny waltz underpins ether-hued organ set with warehouse/roadhouse reverb, and 'It's All Come Undone' slumps into deliciously blank-eyed torpor tendered by ringing ambient synth. You'll have to justify the high asking price with the fact that this is easily one of the finest artefacts from the whole modern minimal wave/bleak post-punk scene that you'll likely hear this year.