Clouds is The Ivory Coastís follow-up to 2000ís
praised The Rush Of Oncoming Traffic, and is another
enjoyable showcase for the bandís style of melodic and witty
indie rock. The Boston five-piece has been playing many of
the songs from Clouds live for quite some time, touring
with the likes of Girls Against Boys, Buffalo Tom,
Rainer Maria, Jets To Brazil, and several others.
As a result, some of the tracks capture the intensity of the
bandís live show, with songs like "Swope," "To
My Brilliant Wigmaker" and "Taking Up Serpents"
standing out as the heaviest rockers, with garage-like amplifier
sounds and heavy bursts of feedback.
On the other hand, the addition of full-time keyboard player
Scott Craggs has allowed the band to tackle a more
textured sound, such as on the lovely "Things A Sword
Would Say." Poppier songs like "Five Little Graves"
and "Traveler" will lodge themselves in your head
all day, but arenít as intriguing as the more rock-oriented
moments. "Daily Routine" stands out on its own,
a home-recorded acoustic number with touches of distorted
percussion and trumpets, which holds Jay Coxís songwriting
skills up for everyone to see. The opener, "Lake Placid
1986," features a distorted drum and synth intro, leading
into drumming and singing that is furious, yet careful not
to overpower the pulsing bass line, swerving guitars and touches
of synthesizer. While the closing "There Will Be Clouds"
somehow manages to spend fifteen minutes transforming from
a three-minute pop song into a spacey, atmospheric improvisation,
all without getting as boring and drawn-out as you might expect.
Clouds is poppy and accessible enough to get you to
hum along, yet spacey enough, with just enough surprising
twists and turns, to keep things interesting. The twists come
from having five guys with unique musical tastes coming together
and creating something truly fresh and interesting. With Clouds,
every musician manages to stand out, with every instrument
and vocal making itself heard and refusing to be buried by
everything else that is going on.
ó Eddie Fournier
- Lake Placid 1986
- Five Little Graves
- Things A Sword Would Say
- Sixty-five Percent
- To My Brilliant Wigmaker
- Daily Routine
- Taking Up Serpents
- There Will Be Clouds
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