Wolfsheim – Casting Shadows – Review


Casting Shadows (Metropolis)
by Wa

Wolfsheim, comprised of Markus Reinhardt and vocalist Peter Heppner, obtained their name from the gangster mentor in the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. Their sound is a combination of Depeche Mode’s Violator and A Broken Frame. Innocent, longing, searching… Casting Shadows marks Wolfsheim’s sixth full-length album in the past sixteen years. Beautiful, pure synth-pop, every song is captured in a bare-bones style that exemplifies Peter Heppner’s honest and sensitive voice. The classic sound that many of today’s bands would give their right arm to capture.

Strong songs on the album include “And I,” “Find Your Gone,” “Approaching Lightspeed,” and “In Time.” Subjects explored include a myriad of questions about love and relationships that’ve been asked since time began. Do we stay? Do we leave? Can we trust? Are we insensitive if we feel nothing when someone leaves us? Do we choose to love someone, or does it just happen? Casting Shadows shows Wolfsheim at the top of their game.
(PO Box 54307 Philadelphia, PA 19105)