BLURRYCLOUD

Heavy but haunt­ing mu­sic with sym­phonic flour­ishes from Penn­syl­va­nia.

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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.

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