ASYLUM PARTY - "BORDERLINE"
1. Play Alone
2. The Sabbath
3. La Tourmente
4. First Days of Winter
1. La Nuit
2. Better Days Ahead
"Cold wave music," originating mainly in France and Belgium, influenced post-punk bands across Europe, including Joy Division, Siouxsie And The Banshees, and Kraftwerk. This led to the emergence of the "touching pop" sub-genre, characterized by lush, effect-laden sound akin to shoegaze, with a touch of pop sensibility against a melancholic backdrop. The French label Lively Art, a part of New Rose Records, housed many of these bands.
The album "Borderline" by Asylum Party, a French band from Courbevoie, is a notable example of touching pop. Opening with "Play Alone," the album blends simple and intriguing music with a sense of inner turmoil and hopelessness about modern life. Despite the darkness, the music retains a hint of desperation and a wish for hope, creating a rare blend of lamentation and uplifting tones.
The album's midpoint, "First Days Of Winter," serves as an instrumental interlude, offering a soothing yet strong melody with powerful drumming. "Borderline" feels complete, reflecting a person at peace with their situation, accepting their inner turmoil while evolving throughout the album.
Asylum Party's existence was short-lived, paralleling the touching pop movement. Despite their limited time together, "Borderline" remains a hidden gem in the post-punk world, enduring as a tragically overlooked masterpiece nearly three decades later.