[Music] Cloud – Live at Kulak’s Woodshed

Thanks to the wonders of Bandcamp, I am able to catch up on old friends’ bands from Los Angeles (like Tunnelmental, Farflung, The Secret Society of the Sonic Six), but it’s also quite pleasing to discover bands I missed out on.  Cloud have a vibe that is not dissimilar to bands like Galaxie 500 or Luna, but add a touch of Los Angeles to their work.  I’m not quite sure how I can qualify that, but growing up hearing so many bands in this area, there’s something in their music that makes it familiar.  I’m really enjoying this band.

[Music] ±0 – ±0

±0 (pronounced as plus-minus-nula) are a post-punk band out of Prague, Czech Republic.  This eponymous debut was released in March of 2017.  If you are a fan of this particular genre of music, especially of the sounds made by The Cure, Joy Division, The Sound or others during the 1979-1980 heyday of the genre, this album was made specifically for you in mind.

Kudos go especially to their sound engineer, who must have really studied post-punk.  He managed to get the sound just right for the band.  Authentic, and worth exploring further!

[Music] Silver Rose – Silver Rose

I know of quite a few artists in Brazil who are doing stupendous work in the genre of Shoegaze music, but this release by Silver Rose, a Mexican band, equals or surpasses these, having a lot in common with their fellow British and American co-practicioners of this sonic art.

Those of you who like Dream Pop will find a lot to enjoy with this release as well, as, for those of us over the age of 40, we’ll remember swaying to Hope Sandoval’s lush vocals. For a moment, this album transported me back to those days. A keeper.