Anacortes-based trio Hungry Cloud Darkening have released their sophomore album Glossy Recall via Pacific Northwest music label Off Tempo. The band has recently toured with and served as the backing band for Mount Eerie.
Hungry Cloud Darkening is the collaborative, all-analog recording project of Nicholas Wilbur, Allyson Foster, and Paul Benson. Each song is co-written in a slightly different way – all with priorities in variety, spectrum and fidelity.
Glossy Recall is a perfect showroom of unique and familiar spectrally disparate organic sounds. Allyson’s cosmic breathy words are projected into a boundless space of idle moments, decaying relationships, remembering, and misremembering; painting a picture of a rainy window view with an implied meditation on its blip nature among seasons lapsed and forthcoming. Though the record is foremost an irreverent attempt to create a new color, Glossy Recall seems to call forth feelings from listenership phases rich and deep in Roy Orbison, Yo La Tengo, Secret Square, and This Mortal Coil.
“Steady rumbling bass spurs along celestial acoustic strums while Foster’s gentle whispers share space with eerie atmospherics and elegant French horn. The effect is halfway between Broadcast and Yo La Tengo — just a remarkably pretty grown-up lullaby to soothe your soul.”
“It’s part bummer Beach Boys, part Twin Peaks soundtrack…in that moment when the mind’s eye can’t quite make sense of what stares down at you from the ceiling.”
RIYL: Yo La Tengo, Olivia Tremor Control, Stereolab, Atlas Sound, LAKE
Recommended tracks: #2 “I Am Seen”, #1 “Clearly Seen”, #3 “Hold This Moment”, #7 “Fading Comfort”, #8 “Blue Green”, #9 “Hidden and No Trace”
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Label: Off Tempo