Contre-jour, French for ‘against daylight‘, refers to photographs taken when the camera is pointing directly toward the source of light (i.e., backlighting) in order to hide details and cause a stronger contrast between light and dark. The same term appropriately became the name of choice for a coldwave quartet from Nice, France, who produce a compelling mix of melodic new wave and gloomy, claustrophobic post-punk.
Influenced by the likes of The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Joy Division, Cocteau Twins, and Depeche Mode, Roxy (vocals), Christof (bass), Greguy (synth), and Manu (guitar) formed Contre Jour in 2009 and, although unsigned, they still managed to put out their outstanding debut album One Night At The Station last February. The digital release comes with a measly price tag of 5 euros, so if you fancy heavy bass, haunting guitars, sonorous old-school synth, and emotional vocals that seem plunged into a stylish, erotic, and slightly gothic atmosphere of an English club circa 1980, do yourself a favour and download a copy now. Dark, cold and dreamy, this is hands down one of the top-10 releases of 2010.