Review: “EP ++” by +++ (Crosses)

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+++ (Crosses) is the new side project for Deftones singer Chino Moreno and in 2012 they released their second EP simply titled “EP ++” and much like their first EP it is a glimpse at the new romantic sounds that the band are creating.

+++ (Crosses) mix the beauty of trip hop with the sounds of bands like Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins and Sisters Of Mercy to make one of the newest and most unique sounds in modern rock music. The music may be funded on darkness but there is a real joy to the sound.

I’m always attracted to anything that Chino Moreno does, but with +++ (Crosses) I must admit I’m quite excited. It is the next logical step in terms of finding the perfect vehicle for Moreno and his brand of heartbreak swoon. Deftones will of course always be his greatest musical achievement, but looking at his work outside of Deftones, Moreno’s other band Team Sleep were renowned for playing with a more lo-fi aesthetic, +++ (Crosses) on the other hand  is full of big production and it really soars. This is the sound of future pop music and although it deals in the clash of electronics and the organic, it doesn’t spend time trying to serve one over the other. These two creative vehicles exist in harmony to create, as I mentioned, the sound of future pop music.

10 Cassette Tapes Out of 10

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