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crafted with an equal sense of musicianship, thought-provoking themes, and infectious grooves
Honestly, it was hard for me to write a review on this album because I felt the music more than I could describe in words. I believe it was crafted to do just that….so, pardon me while I take you on this ride through The Nimbus. The record is full of ambient layers and electronic haunting rhythms. Even though the songs have a similar vein of darkness with clever, subtle atmospheres and lyrics, each one has it’s own vibe and mood. The common thread is the deep beats and alluring vocals that draw you in. This is the kind of music you would listen to loud with headphones and your eyes closed; taking in each facet of the melodies and electronics. Funny as it sounds, if you listen to this album with your eyes closed, it transcends your senses because you focus on nothing but the sounds. It sinks in and takes you to another place. The album opens up with “The Party”, a dark song with a commanding rhythm that resonates like a heavy heartbeat. It’s hard to describe, but you can feel this song in your chest… it’s heavy and it surrounds you.
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Published on May 6, 2014
This issue printed before SXSW this year and featured Austin's own Woody Russell as well as Chris Castaneda, The Creamy Middles, SuperEtte,...