The Morning Clouds - Wasted Youth Blues Record Label: Lefse Records
Release Date: October 11, 2011
The Morning Clouds are a 5-piece indie rock band from Arvada, Colorado.
How is it?
Captivatingly atmospheric. While there have been countless indie rock bands who have capitalized on the sound that The Morning Clouds' songwriting produces, what makes this EP special and worthy of consideration is easily the production. It transforms the otherwise standard indie rock fare into a trippy, spacey, shoegazing masterpiece. The vocals contain just enough reverb to be reminiscent of various stoner rock/psychedelia bands that hide in the various corners of the internet, most notably similar to LoOmis. The thick gloss of delay over the guitar work blends superbly with the downtempo rock riffs, creating a more smooth and mellow sound wall cut from a different cloth than that of Blonde Redhead's or any given shoegaze band, yet still retaining easily recognizable similarity. The overall aura is warm and inviting at face value, but beneath the faux peacefulness of the haze and stupor are depressing undertones, almost as though Wasted Youth Blues is a glimpse into the mind of a man drinking away his troubles. All in all, we are presented with yet another unknown band that is able to masterfully present an emotional and multi-sensual experience in the form of music, all in the midst of an ever crowded arena of knockoffs that try too hard to be weird or different in order to turn heads. Instead, The Morning Clouds have decided to let their music speak to us, and it has done so remarkably.