Cloud Control
Bliss Release


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Philp USER (42 Reviews)
August 29th, 2010 | 19 replies | 7,734 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cloud Control sits comfortably with an ethereal mix of its rock and folk styles.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Cloud Control is a band steadily gaining recognition. Having released two EP’s that showed a love of laid back, summer rock as well as general folk music, the band have now come out with their first full length LP. Bliss Release doesn’t single out either of the aforementioned styles, rather it mixes them into an ethereal Indie-pop blend, one that presents a band comfortable with what they’re trying to do, but also happy to grow and progress as is necessary.

There’s an odd feeling of detachment present here, and in this case it’s a good thing, helping CC refine their sound and make it more their own. On the band’s first outings this was mainly due to Alistair Wright’s dream-like vocals, but here it’s also due to the addition of a few subtle tweaks here and there. “Meditation Song #2 (Why Oh Why)” kicks this off in fine form, with Alistair and Heidi Lenffer’s ghostly harmony crooning over a chilled out chord progression that soon kicks into a distorted guitar riff and clapped rhythm. The distortion satisfies the rock edge, making the song feel effortlessly cool (particularly during the short solo), while the acoustic chords represent the folk side of things and the lyrics join forces with subtle electronic effects to ensure the sense of distance is also present. You’re never entirely sure what state of mind Alistair’s in, as he flits from romance (“Can’t stop thinkin’ all about her now”) to just downright insanity (“Don’t ask me why lines are on my hands, sometimes the world’s real hard to understand.”) in the same verse. While a synth drone, hidden under the layers of guitar fuzz, helps build that eerie feeling as well.

Other songs show the lighter side of the band, but this isn’t a Strokes kind of light, this is venturing into essentially poppier territory. “Gold Canary” distinctly lacks the weight of the previous 3 songs, but more than makes up for it with a groovy bass line and choir-based vocals. “This Is What I Said” then immediately expands upon this, showcasing Alistair’s most out there performance – it’s remarkably easy to imagine him staring wide eyed into a crowd of people as he almost speaks the line “Where is it? I dunno, because I don’t care.” – alongside an even more prominent bass.

To make the situation even better, there isn’t a weak song here. At first it may sound as if “Hollow Drums” strays into that territory simply for being close to a basic rewrite of “Fine Teacher”, from their self-titled EP, but a few more listens separate the songs as the strengths of the former present themselves. That’s really what’s on offer here, Bliss Release is a good jump from Cloud Control’s earlier work while still retaining both the folk and rock styles that made them so good. Savour the eerie feeling that abounds in tracks like “Ghost Story” and groove to the intricate melodies of “Gold Canary”, Bliss Release is a fine debut from an up and coming Aussie band.



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Eclectic
August 29th 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liek dis alboom, puhaps u will too.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2010



20807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally... I kept putting off reviewing this album because I knew you were going to Michael. Well written review too.

Personally, I think this album is being over-rated a little. It's somewhere between a 3 & a 3.5 for me. Very solid & extremely promising, but doesn't have that wow factor that other Aussie releases have had of late.

Eclectic
August 29th 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? I didn't even know you knew I was going to review it, lol.

I can understand that, I guess I just enjoy it despite that.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2010



20807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You'd mentioned it somewhere along the way Michael. I think you were recommending the album to someone about a month ago.

Eclectic
August 29th 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yeah, I rec'd it to Dougie. Yeah, sorry for the delay, procrastination got the better of me.

AtavanHalen
August 29th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

CK wouldn't review this album

It's good

Eclectic
August 30th 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So his Parades review was plagiarized?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2010



20807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Touche.

AtavanHalen
August 30th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yes it was Mikey

Eclectic
August 30th 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm pretty sure that's banworthy, but I'm too much of a coward to go the mods.

AtavanHalen
August 30th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

trololololol

Douglas
September 12th 2010



8984 Comments


this is awesome, thanks Mike, and well written.

Eclectic
September 12th 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brilliant, pleasure Dougie

AtavanHalen
January 2nd 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Last band I saw in 2010. Couldn't have been happier - what wonderful music, what wonderful people, what a wonderful band.

Eclectic
January 2nd 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its been a really good year for Australian music, and this is leading that charge for me.

AtavanHalen
January 2nd 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Right awnnnnnn

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011



20807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It takes a while to get into the debut LP from Sydney-based quartet Cloud Control, but once you let it sink in, ‘Bliss Release’ is a mighty fine slice of indie-folk. Predominantly relying on the often gorgeous boy-girl harmonies of Alister Wright & Heidi Lenffer, there are also some hummable background melodies evident. The lyrics get a bit nonsensical & repetitive at times, and the album is very much front-loaded, but otherwise this is a solid - if a little over-hyped - debut. Recommended Tracks: There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight, This Is What I Said, My Fear #2 & Ghost Story.

garth
May 23rd 2012



91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So my mum spoke to the mum of a band member, and apparently the new album's looking good for September, but the process hasn't been easy.

Valixous
June 23rd 2013



43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked this album at first, but after listening to it on and off for the last few months I'm starting to find so much more to it. There's a lot on this album and it takes a while for it to sink in. It's good.



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