Calming waves, disjointed breaks and an undercurrent of loosened dub takes over each piece as heart-felt vocal stretches make room for an emotive core. Strands of folk are interwoven with a subdued dubstep flow, as Elements somehow drips nostalgically on the ears with ease and control.
[Details] An immediate bridge between the lyrical delivery of Kirsty Hawkshaw, Shikee (Android Lust) and even Sarah McLaughlin come to mind when listening to Elements, the latest five-track EP from vocalist Louise Coady and producer Craig Hitchings (aka Kloudbreak) on Drawn Recordings. This Bristol, UK-based duo create intense melodies brought forth with a myriad of subtle downbeat and upbeat percussion.
The vocal accents on each fragile time-capsule pulls you in just as the alluring framework of drifting beats and bass slide effortlessly back and forth. Taking elements of the past and depositing them through an ultrasonic sieve, Kloudbreak have found a warm place they can easily call their own. Summoning epic soundtracks, the duo consistently delve into tranquil environments and counteracts this with an uplifting emotional fury. Calming waves, disjointed breaks and an undercurrent of loosened dub takes over each piece as heart-felt vocal stretches make room for a sentimental core. Strands of folk are interwoven with a subdued dubstep flow and it all drips nostalgically upon the ears with ease and control.
Production values are set on high, however, this EP leaves the listener aching for more. As Kloudbreak etches a new sonic incision in the electronic landscape, a full-length would be a welcomed addition to any connoisseur’s music library as I’m sure it’s in process. Their dynamic signature has unleashed a sound that is rich in texture and harmony; one that can’t be easily pigeonholed into any particular genre. It is with this five piece set of elements that Kloudbreak manages to burst through the center of the universe (as the cover-art suggests), allowing bits and bytes of digital-to-analog debris to cascade upon its audience. Culled from a press excerpt, “delicate, haunting and powerful” is an understatement when it comes to the raw nature of Elements’ inspired creativity. Recommended.
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