Back when Creation Records and 4AD dominated airwaves and basement DJ sessions alike — the dance-infused affectations of gothic rock and art punk’s pop mindset bridged the impossible gap between darkness and light. Nostalgist themselves operate in a similar type of monochrome, and the band’s debut MLP Disaffection treads the music noir philosophy with a practiced hand and emotional bearing. Primarily influenced by the structured dark pop stylings which dominated 1980s charts, Nostalgist’s ethereal sounds plod with a dub-infected swagger, magnified by drummer Aesop Dekker’s (ex-Agalloch) heavy hand. However morose and downtrodden the music weaves, Disaffection carries a chiming character, a remnant of the dreampop and shoegaze styles which would eventually jettison from post-punk in the late 1980s and early 1990s. An homage to the epoch of newer styles pulling the mother gothic genre in different directions, Nostalgist moves beyond nostalgia and begins to feel more like the genuine time period rather than a simple emulation.