Time Well (LP)


Cloakroom

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Amoeba Review

08/16/2017

Relapse Records, known primarily for the metal bands that dominate their roster, have also been putting out some great alt rock as of late, particularly of the heavy/languid variety that the '90s were so perfect at incubating. First it was Philly shoegazers Nothing with Tired of Tomorrow, and now Relapse is proudly presenting Indiana gloomers Cloakroom’s 2nd LP, Time Well. A group of three factory workers who record in the twilight hours of the night, Cloakroom play a unique amalgamation of their melancholia-stricken influences. Their music is a marriage of doom to emo to stoner rock to shoegaze and conjures plenty of “what if” scenarios: what if Codeine borrowed Sleep’s amps? What if Hum decided that they were a slowcore band? What if Red House Painters grew up on a steady diet of Saint Vitus? Lead single “Seedless Star,” clocking in at a whopping 7 minutes, best encapsulates the range of sounds that the group cycle through. Beginning with a crushingly loud barrage of distorted guitar and bass over Albini-esque drums, the song slowly peels back the layers of fuzz to reveal a spacey, mournful ballad of icy clean guitars and narcotic vocals, then blasts back into pummeling noise, before slowly fading out into an extended piano coda (remember Faith No More’s “Epic”? Picture the shoegaze equivalent, if that’s possible). It is an ambitious-as-hell way to introduce a record, and yet this monolithic approach is perfectly suited to Cloakroom’s talents. Time Well finds the common thread that runs between heavy music played slowly and slow music that feels heavy. No need for further distinction there, as Cloakroom prove that they are one and the same.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Gone But Not Entirely
Cloakroom 06:26
2.
Big World
Cloakroom 04:54
3.
Concrete Gallery
Cloakroom 06:20


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Seedless Star
Cloakroom 07:37
2.
Sickle Moon Blues
Cloakroom 07:17
3.
Hymnal
Cloakroom 03:32


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Sun Won't Let Us Go
Cloakroom 04:04
2.
Time Well
Cloakroom 06:52
3.
52hz Whale
Cloakroom 04:13


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Passenger
Cloakroom 09:08

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