Boomkat Product Review:
'Restless Idylls' is the long awaited debut album from Tropic Of Cancer. It's another milestone in Blackest Ever Black's catalogue; a triumph of decadent misery and gothic romance built around eight songs written by the group's sole permanent member Camella Lobo in Los Angeles, and beautifully complemented by production from Karl O'Connor, aka Regis, who released ToC's incredible debut back in 2009 on his Downwards label. Lobo's music has come to define the wave zeitgeist, presenting a sound irrevocably haunted by the past, yet reflective of the present with uncanny, scrying vision. The album builds on the exquisite promise of her cherished early singles, EPs and compilation tracks with a wider scope for synth atmospheres and a tightened ability to make songs throb with an acutely sensual and psychedelic intensity. The additional production from Karl O'Connor is central to its success, rending the atmospheres of 'Plant Lilies At My Head' that much wider, and heightening the motorik suspense and swoon of 'Hardest Day' to lush degrees, whilst giving the breathtaking 'Wake The Night' or the timelessly transportive 'Children Of A Lesser God' a contemporary production depth required to move this music beyond pastische and into new spheres of modern songcraft. Even songs like 'Court of Devotion', at first listen sounding like a direct extension of The Cure's incredible 'All Cats Are Grey' (those snares really must be some sort of homage) take their own peculiar turns, Lobo and O'Connor ultimately producing an album that might just come to be regarded as something of a modern classic.