Band: Cloud City
Title: Everything Is Getting Colder
Release Date: 2008
Review By: Scott L
02. These Hands Are Cold
03. Move Through The Calendar
04. To Cut Yourself Deep
When I was a kid I was a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy. Well, that’s not entirely accurate… when I was a kid I was a huge fan of the original Star Wars trilogy. I saw the Episode IV in the theater on my friend’s birthday. I can remember standing in line for hours on opening day waiting to get in to see The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. So it should go without saying that when I receive a CD by a band calling themselves Cloud City, whether intended or not, my first thought is to wonder if there’s a connection. But don’t worry, there’s no connection. So it’s safe to keep reading. You won’t find any songs titled “Ode To Lando” or Man, That Carbon Freezing Kinda Stings”. Nope. Nothing like that at all. Just some nice dreamy indie rock.
Cloud City is a 4-piece out of Springfield, Missouri that’s musical style fits right in with the likes of Copeland, Lydia, and Lost Ocean. I’d hazard a guess that if you like Copeland at all, you’ll probably dig Cloud City. They play a jangly indie rock with typically melancholy vocals and lots of cymbal. The mix is a bit loose, but nothing that’ll hurt your ears.
Lyrically, the five songs that make up Cloud City’s “Everything Is Getting Colder” EP are all about global warming. Just kidding. This CD has nothing to do with global warming. At all. It’s not even made out of recycled plastic. So there. Anyway, lyrically, Cloud City has a bit of a spiritual undercurrent but for the most part stay pretty ambiguous. Take the track “To Cut Yourself Deep”, which moans “you are not here / so I am fine / you’re like a television set / you keep me from being alive / and I suppose you’re used to this / I suppose you’re used to this / you cover up so quickly / and you’d be gone in five seconds if you didn’t feel lonely”. It’s not as emo as it sounds… but the vibe is there.
Standout track was kind of a toss up between “Blind” and “These Hands Are Cold”. Both are great songs but for completely different reasons. “Blind” is beautiful plodding mood music that’s tempo sort of meanders… while “These Hands Are Cold” is a more upbeat, catchy tune that has a kind of a cerebral tone and some cool keys. I’d probably give it to “These Hands Are Cold” if I were forced to choose only one.
Overall: I really liked Cloud City. In spite of the egregious lack of Star Wars themed songs. While not really pioneering any new ground on the musical frontier, what they offer is a nice, casual ride through just under 30 minutes of soothing sounds that I suggest you take the time to check out.