Monday, April 07, 2008

Cloudland Canyon

You can play pick the influences if you like, but you can do that with any group. Cloudland Canyon certainly owe a debt to the German underground of the 70’s, but they have also added flourishes of baroque pop and even a tinge of the 80’s New Zealand scene into their sound. That they have ingested these influences and then delivered something as dynamic as this album without sounding like rote imitation is what impresses.

Lie In Light is anything but one-dimensional, as they traverse a wide swath of territory. From the lock down groove of the opening track “Krautwerk”, to the dense buzz of “White Woman”, through the pastoral pscyh of “Heme” and on to the gentle wash of the closer “Mothlight”, Cloudland Canyon have created an eclectic and rewarding listen.

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