I don’t know squat about The Arms Of Someone New, other than that they came out of the Chicago area and were doing some new wavy stuff in the mid-1980s. Their Every Seventh Wave EP was a completely random purchase on my part – it looked cool, it was cheap, and Discogs described it as synth-pop and darkwave. So done, done, and done.
The A side is given over to two versions of “Every Seventh Wave,” a song released in 1988 that sounds like it was from 5-6 years prior. You’ve got those early new wave synths and vocals that are sort of half-spoken-half-sung, reminiscent of what some European new wave bands were doing, or even of a sort of stripped down version of Devo. The B side opens with the dreamy, shoegazey “The Sense Of An Ending,” followed by “Everything At Once” which reminds me a bit of a slow Depeche Mode number.
The A side is the strength of this EP, though the whole thing is pretty good. It’s a tad dated, but that’s to be expected, and given the seeming renewed interested in early 80s synth jams Every Seventh Wave could attain the status of a cult classic.