Heavy but haunting music with symphonic flourishes from Pennsylvania.
The second album from Jack DeMaio’s BlurryCloud is another collection of elegantly arranged post-rock, math-rock and prog instrumentals. BlurryCloud seem to be part of a growing movement of home studio-based projects that reach their audiences through outlets like Bandcamp, and DeMaio is aided in his endeavours by a squad of fellow Bandcampers, including Richard Blumenthal on piano, guitarists Greg Chalabi, Adam Rafowitz and Roberto Granados, and vocalist Kyle Schaefer. Blumenthal in particular does good work and the piano in And Breathe sounds like a wonderfully creepy circus theme song. The Flower Bone begins with a densely layered landscape of guitars, then switches gears with a swirling, stuttering breakdown before the guitars stomp back in.
The haunting A Lilac Husk, the only song with a vocal, boasts impressive dynamics, testament to DeMaio’s knack for throwing symphonic gestures into his compositions. Fleur De Lune has guitar fireworks aplenty from Rafowitz and Chalabi, underpinned by the heavy but pleasingly articulate drumming of James Knoerl. Overall, this is well worth seeking out.