Vertigo is the third studio album from Les Longs Adieux. The Rome duo of Federica and Frank are a relatively new band that formed in 2020 during the pandemic. Vertigo was written as a Synth/Dream Pop Opera with revolves around the theme of the collapse of landmarks using the metaphor of the Twin Towers in New York. Each track draws inspiration from the tragic events of September 11th 2001 to represent moods of anxiety, guilt, empathy and fear.
The album opens with Sky Lobby a lovely atmospheric fusion of Coldwave, New Wave and Darkwave which would fit hand in glove with a pulsing strobe, and a smoke machine on the dark dancefloor. Flight 175 has an almost classic 80s New Wave sound, shimmering synths, cascading guitar in a very danceable synthwave ballad.
The Two Sides of The Sky is another power dark pop ballad with shades of 80s New wave. Molten Metal the synths reminds me slightly of the Eurythmics track “Paint A Rumour” or even a splattering of Ultravox synths blended together with coldwave guitars to produce the unique sound of Les Longs Adieux Epic! Man of the Clouds brings the album to a close with a very 80s inspired New Wave dancefloor track. Les Longs Adieux a beautiful bottomless pit of premium 80s New Wave darkpop recommended for fans of Yazoo, Nuovo Testamento, She Past Away and a band to catch live this year!
The album is released on 21st February 2024 and can be ordered from here