Depeche Mode need no introduction, but in the early days it wasn’t uncommon for them to be called “De-peche-ay.” Dave Gahan used to mangle their French name, too, so the presenter of ITV’s Razzmatazz can be forgiven his synths.
From Gothenburg comes CCILIA, a dark wave act that fuses the icy cool of Grace Jones with the rumbling bass of the alternative club.
With music programmed and played by Henric Ceder of Strikkland, “The Wall” features Cecilia Ceder on vocals. The Swedish couple have recorded together for Strikkland, but this is the first single featuring Cecilia as the lead vocalist.
Lyrically, “The Wall” appears to tip a hat to David Bowie’s “Heroes” or Rational Youth’s “Dancing in the Berlin Wall,” but with a statement of confidence:
Tonight I danced in the search light
below the battlements of the wall
I never felt any stage fright
as I was up against the wall
“The Wall” is a compelling and sleek debut, as well as a reminder of the elegance of the 80s dancefloor.