Mode Moderne draw a cultural bridge between modern-day Canada and the greyed tones of 1980s Manchester
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. But there’s plenty to elevate the band beyond copycat status. The tracks flow with ease: ‘Grudges Crossed’ provides a strong melodic hook upon which to hang your affection, and ‘Thieving Baby’s Breath’ lends a sense of stark and industrial alienation that runs throughout the record. The gloom is then lifted by the deviant lilt of ‘Unburden Yourself.’ A gently addictive and well-balanced offering.