Cold Cave – “Your Silent Face” (New Order Cover)
It should come as no surprise that Wesley Eisold, the mastermind behind the great darkwave project Cold Cave, reveres New Order. “Love Comes Close,” the title track from Cold Cave’s 2009 debut, is basically a New Order song. So it makes perfect sense that the latest track they’ve shared is a cover of an actual New Order song, Power, Corruption & Lies’ “Your Silent Face.” Eisold has also written a few paragraphs about his appreciation of the synthpop legends for New Order’s Singularity: The Influence Of New Order website, which also features homages from members of bands like Suede, Ceremony, Chromatics, Hot Chip, and Wild Beasts. You can read Eisold’s note and listen to Cold Cave’s rendition of the song below.
New Order is a gift that somehow makes you feel alone and not alone at the same time. That’s how I’ve carried them with me through my teens, twenties, thirties and however long I may grow. I’ve never known of another group that I’ve connected with so explicitly through the severe facets of life’s ups and downs. Sincerity is a trait you can’t fake.
From daydreams in a boyish bedroom to nights never slept, I loved New Order because I felt these songs understood me and articulated in sound what I never could with words. Beautiful and brutish. That’s why at 22 I tattooed True Faith on my wrist. I wanted music to walk home alone at night with and I wanted music to feel alive around other people with. A band whose sentiments made me feel justified in my naive dreams, that anything was possible, and because of so I chose to follow them. And unlike other records for me, I relate to the feeling in the music itself of New Order rather than just identifying solely with the singer or lyrics. They’re the most fulfilling sparsity. You have to have lived through so much to have the music do the speaking for you, to create poetry and anthems from the simplicity of the day to day. That’s why they changed music and why Pop came to them.
For me personally, New Order gave me the courage to dive in to creating music electronically and to sing as a punk who knew very little about electronics or singing, just as they did 30 some years ago. Heavy hearted and carefree at the same time.