For the fifth installment of his "View from the Back" column, Paul Shirley decides to tackle the task of putting into perspective the wonderful electronic sounds of Cloudkicker. Head to the replies to see his thoughts on Ben Sharp's latest release - not so much a review as it is a different style of insight into the album. Remember that you can contact Paul via his Twitter or send him an email.
I've thrown $5 his way for all his albums but Loop. I just didn't get it. I'd have to say that his Portmanteau EP is easily my favorite. It's very cohesive and has a great mix of heavy and light moments.
Cloudkicker has become my God in the past couple months. I "accidentally" discovered him after listening to a Russian Circles song on You Tube and within a week had become my favorite musician.
Too often I'll get drawn in to a band's song, and the riff or melody of the song is only temporary and I don't enjoy the rest of the song as much. What I love about Cloudkicker is that a single riff or melody will carry through the entire song with layers upon layers building off of it perfectly. I get so drawn into some of his songs because like this column says, it's almost telling a story.
I hope to God someday that he can find a way to perform these songs live. I would seriously pay $100 for that show.
BTW, "The Discovery" is the best song in the history of music.