Usually if I can't get past the first track on an album, that's a scathing condemnation. But with the band Graveyard Club, the fact I can't get past the first and title track of their sophomore LP, "Cellar Door," without putting it on repeat at least three times, is the highest of praises.
Matthew Schufman and crew stay true to dreamy, dark pop and new-wave influences while expanding their sonic range. His deep, brooding tones are complemented by Amanda Zimmerman's etherial vocals in this tune, full of haunting rapture and loss. Yet the driving bass and drums ferry us through with an upbeat feel.
Graveyard Club's work is the perfect setting for an '80s themed haunted house music video or driving down an open road in the desert. But unlike me, don't stop at the end of the track when they tell you to.