Cloud Mouth "Keep Well" 10"Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 @ 6:27am » permalink
"Keep Well" is the final EP from Chicago's Cloud Mouth (released by Kid Sister Everything in cooperation with Ice Age Records and Adagio830), and that's a damn shame. I had never even heard of 'em before, but this is absolutely fuckin' great emo/indie/whatever you want to call it. It's more aggressive than those terms tend to suggest, though, so I guess you could add "screamo" to the mix as well, but… it doesn't really matter, man. Good music is good music. The vocals are sort of shouted/yelled/sung in a style that kind of reminds me of Archers of Loaf or something like that, while the music offers a good range of influences from within this general scope. There's plenty of that angular, back-and-forth riffing; a little bit of a grating bite; aptly frantic percussion; subtle melodic elements buried in the background; and just the right amount of heaviness, which is always a plus when it comes to this type of stuff. It's always interesting how the best bands of this nature can take these weird, noisy riffs/textures and turn them into really memorable songs, and Cloud Mouth is absolutely one of those bands. Cool production, too. The awesomely distorted basslines really add some nice grit to the whole vibe, and everything about this just sounds completely natural. A little raw, but still pretty crisp… it's just great, I love it. Four songs, 17 minutes, and I want more. That's all there is to it. I'm definitely gonna have to track down some of their previous efforts…
The 10" is available for pre-order now, limited to just 300 copies (100 on black and 200 on "Coke bottle" clear), while mp3's are already available for just $1 on Bandcamp, so… no excuses!