Cherish the Light Years

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Cherish the Light Years
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 5, 2011
RecordedOctober–November 2010
StudioElectric Lady Studios, Plantain Studios, Stratosphere Sound, and Soundtrack Studios, New York City
GenreDark wave, synthpop
ProducerChris Coady
Cold Cave chronology
Love Comes Close
Cherish the Light Years
Full Cold Moon
Singles from Cherish the Light Years
  1. "The Great Pan Is Dead"
    Released: February 4, 2011
  2. "Villains of the Moon"
    Released: May 16, 2011
  3. "Confetti"
    Released: April 27, 2012

Cherish the Light Years is the second studio album from the American band Cold Cave, released in April 2011 on Matador Records.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Drowned in Sound(4/10)[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 stars[4]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[5]
Clash Magazine(8/10)[6]
The A.V. Club(B)[7]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[10]

Release and reception[edit]

Cherish the Light Years was released on April 5, 2011. The album was released by Matador Records on 12" vinyl, CD, and Digital formats. iTunes features an iTunes LP digital download which features an exclusive track, lyrics, and photos.

The album currently holds a 71 out of 100 rating on Metacritic. The score was based on reviews from 26 critics with 20 of the reviews being positive, 4 mixed, and 2 negative.[12]

In a positive review from Pitchfork, Mark Richardson writes "Cherish has the feel of a breakthrough, and Wes Eisold comes across as an artist with a vision that will resonate with a larger audience."[1]

Michael Wheeler, writer for Drowned in Sound writes in a negative review, "What happened is the only thing I can think throughout the first few listens of Cold Cave’s second album, with every subsequent spin less an opportunity to further digest than an effort to double-check if things really are as palpably awful as they seemed the last listen around."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Great Pan Is Dead" - 4:06
  2. "Pacing Around the Church" - 3:26
  3. "Confetti" - 5:37
  4. "Catacombs" - 3:22
  5. "Underworld USA" - 4:59
  6. "Icons of Summer" - 5:50
  7. "Alchemy And You" - 3:28
  8. "Burning Sage" - 4:03
  9. "Villains of the Moon" - 5:44
  10. "Our Tears Help the Flowers Grow" - 4:19 (iTunes Exclusive Track)


All songs were written by Wesley Eisold except for Underworld USA and Catacombs which were written by Eisold and Sean Martin.

Band personnel[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Chris Coady - Producer, Mixing
  • Joe LaPorta - Mastering
  • Greg Morris - Engineering
  • Daryl Palumbo - Pre-production
  • Kris Lapke - Tracking
  • Wesley Eisdold - Art Direction, Layout and Design
  • Dominick Fernow - Art Direction, Layout and Design
  • Sebastian Mlynarski - Photography


  1. ^ a b Richardson, Mark. "Cold Cave: Cherish the Light Years". Pitchfork Media.
  2. ^ Pan, Arnold. "Cold Cave: Cherish the Light Years". PopMatters.
  3. ^ a b Wheeler, Michael. "Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years". Drowned In Sound.
  4. ^ Redmond, Jordan. "Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years". Tiny Mix Tapes.
  5. ^ Winkie, Luke. "Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years". OMH.
  6. ^ Pearlman, Mischa. "Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years". Clashmusic.
  7. ^ Heller, Jason. "Cold Cave: Cherish the Light Years". Onion Inc.
  8. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Cherish the Light Years - Cold Cave". Rovi Corp.
  9. ^ Keyes, Edward. "Cherish the Light Years". Rolling Stone.
  10. ^ Larson, Jeremy. "Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years". Consequence of Sound.
  11. ^ Gardner, Noel. "Album Review: Cold Cave - 'Cherish The Light Years' (Matador)". IPC Meida.
  12. ^ "Cherish the Light Years - Cold Cave". Metacritic.

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