Cloudkicker
Fade


5.0
classic

Review

by pixie Jacob esque qt USER (33 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2013 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ben Sharp knows how to push my buttons.

Cloudkicker, for those of you that don’t know, is the alias of the musician Ben Sharp, who is an independent musician that creates instrumental music, aside from one song called Let Yourself Be Huge. If I had to use one word to describe the feeling that emanates from Sharp’s music, I would use the word “dreamy.” It’s easy to find yourself lost in his songs, in even some of his more heavy sections. Ben Sharp creates music that, while remaining engaging and interesting, takes you on an otherworldly expedition. Throughout all of his style changes, his music has always retained that quality.

Sharp’s style has changed drastically over his 4 full length albums. On The Discovery he showcased himself playing repetitive, almost droning technical metal; from there he went on to a more refined and more progressive outlook on metal on his highly appraised album Beacons. From there his music took a drastic transformation into peaceful, tranquil, and almost ambient post-rock, creating some of his most dreamy and enchanting songs yet.

Now, on this album, Ben Sharps takes everything he is great at doing, and amplifies it to the maximum. With songs like The Focus and Making Will Mad showing his metal roots, and songs like Garage Show and Our Crazy Night showing his softer, and more dreamy side, all the while retaining the Cloudkicker charm that is present in all of his music. His guitar work is just as good as it was on Beacons, as shown on the dreamy opener After The Balcony and the cathartic yet peaceful track, and my personal favorite song here, LA After Rain.

Now, whenever I show the music of Cloudkicker to anyone, there is always one track that I go to; the third song on this album, Seattle. This song shows everything that you will find in Ben Sharp’s music, and all executed at masterful levels. In this ten minute song you’ll find astral post-rock passages, riffs that you could headbang to, a sense of emotion and feeling, and parts that just get stuck in your head because of how catchy they are. Seattle is without a doubt the current magnum opus of Cloudkicker, and perhaps the most enormous sounding track he has ever written.

On Fade, Ben Sharp has created an album that has everything I could ever want in music, all at the same time. It’s almost overwhelming. The stunning beauty of this album is something that I think all people should experience. I would highly recommend getting lost in this album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YakNips
August 3rd 2013


13219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love love love this album

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zaruyache
August 3rd 2013


7417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Beacons is better. But album and review are good.

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demigod!
August 3rd 2013


45256 Comments


downloading Beacons right now. nice review yak, posd

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bach
August 3rd 2013


13150 Comments


Like always, nice review. Pos'd. I should get into this band.

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YakNips
August 3rd 2013


13219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LOL bach you didn't read my review did you?

KILL
August 3rd 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

shit

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Cygnatti
August 3rd 2013


22308 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

really yaks?

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YakNips
August 3rd 2013


13219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really

Cygnatti
August 3rd 2013


22308 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

y u do dis 2 mi??

wacknizzle
August 3rd 2013


13683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2.5 guys, seriously

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Cygnatti
August 3rd 2013


22308 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

idk, could probably be a 3 if I listened to it again. just never ever get the urge to listen to this
guy.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2013


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, man. I definitely get the connection you feel with Cloudkicker's music. I was introduced to him through Beacons, and oh man-- I have memories of playing Fable to that record, and it somehow working perfectly haha.

I spun this record a few weeks back for the first time (haven't been bothered to check it out until now, for some reason,) and I really liked what I heard. It's obvious Sharp is really into shoegaze these days, but he channels that style into his own music incredibly well. I'll need to listen to this more at some point for sure. It can go by in a blur if you aren't paying close enough attention, but it really reveals itself when played actively.

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YakNips
August 4th 2013


13219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Jakey, glad you like the review and this album

oltnabrick
August 4th 2013


31573 Comments


O yeah I reviewed this

TrueBlood
August 4th 2013


1388 Comments


no where near phive

IbenizGEO1
August 4th 2013


2258 Comments


is this skramz?

YakNips
August 4th 2013


13219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nope, instumental metal/shoegaze/post-rock/post-metal/whateverthefuck

IbenizGEO1
August 4th 2013


2258 Comments


this is skramz tho

demigod!
August 4th 2013


45256 Comments


post-prog metal?

YakNips
August 4th 2013


13219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

post-metal prog



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