The sound of Tropic of Cancer oscillates between goth, minimal wave and post-punk, going further by exploring the realms of shoegaze, and appealing even to fans of techno, all this being an exquisite mix, perfectly suited for the ethereal voice of Camella Lobo. But even these labels fail to do justice to this sonic experience which is a feast for anyone’s ears. While the project started as a collaboration with Juan Mendez (whom some of you might know as Silent Servant), at the moment, Tropic of Cancer is just Camella Lobo.
There’s a certain touch of haunting melancholy in almost every Tropic of Cancer song I know. Whether it’s the indistinguishable lyrics which create a sort of mysterious atmosphere or the ubiquitous word ‘love’ used in every song, as L.A. songwriter Camella Lobo confessed a while ago, it’s hard to tell. Nevertheless, this acts as a magnet for me and it’s probably why I was drawn to the latest release, I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over, from an upcoming EP due out in October. The song feels like a 7-minutes long languid and existential trip, on the borderline between hope and disillusion, perfectly paired by drony sounds and Camella’s brooding, almost shadowy voice.
This track is also opening the soon to be released vinyl-only compilation from Blackest Ever Black, called I Can’t Give You The Life You Want, available in a limited edition of 500 copies. And since the label is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, you’ll be able to catch Tropic of Cancer live in Berlin, at Berghain, on October 30th, alongside Raime, Prurient, Regis, Felix K, and Diät.