Good to hear from you again - I really enjoyed "Know You Know Me" a year ago, and this one captures a similarly effective hybrid of effervescent synth-pop and unsettling infectious industrial electronica. The strained vocals, whirring synth arpeggio, and glistening keys help craft a very stellar build-up throughout the first 0:15, until a melodic transition in the arp signals the next section. The subsequent introduction of percussion makes the initial hypnotic melody even more full-bodied. The Thom Yorke-esque ghostly interlude around 02:15 followed by brass-like whimpers is my favorite section -- very atmospheric and powerful. Another great one from Clast - really digging this. I'll be posting it on Obscure Sound in the near future. Also reach out to me at email@example.com for details/rates regarding my PR servicing; I'd love to help out with this track/release.
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That’s a band name from the 90’s if ever I heard one and much of the electro dalliances produced by Clast wouldn’t have sounded out of place in that decade. In truth they recall scenes from back even further with a distinct Ultravox/Human League feel to their grainy output. The music has a hint of industrial and the vocals are pleasantly distorted but for all the zig-zag dynamics there is a real song at ‘Feel Free’s core. How potential audiences will respond to such strange eeriness is anyone’s guess but it could have producers of crime dramas opening their cheque-books with rampant eagerness. I like this and I’ve only heard it once, god knows how much my heart will be pounding by the third go.
Thanks for sending my way! This is an incredibly strong showing. I remember really enjoying 'Trade Hours' and 'Know you Know Me' from your release last year. While "Trade Hours' had a distinct leaning towards everything I love about Cursive, this track showcases a well-polished form playing to your strengths. I just attended an Animal Collective performance last week in Oakland, and I can't help but notice similarities. Harmonized vocals forward in the mix, mild distortion on the guitar, centered drums, and of course - those delicious synth lines. :) Checking out the release now on BC. If your goal is promotion, I'd highly recommend including a few key components in your pitches and press releases: - 2-3 sentences giving a brief background of Clast and what type of help you're looking for (e.g. track review, interview, playlist inclusion, etc.) - Links to your social accounts - Download links for press - Link to media kit with Clast's photography and track/album cover - A quote or two from other publications on Clast or the track - ideally giving comparisons to a couple other artists to give the reader a framework for expectations (e.g. "Perfect for fans of Animal Collective and Cursive.") I'll share this out now and will do my best to get a post out soon once I've had a chance to hear the whole album. Hope this helps and congrats on the release!
"Feel Free" by Clast opens softly with synths and white noise which slowly transforms into beautiful vocal samples and a soundscape that brings you to outer space. At 45 seconds in, we get a vocal verse that is haunting and powerful, with heavy bass layered underneath. At 1:10, the beat comes in, and we hear this track for what it is: a wonderfully composed and soulfully recorded downtempo tune that is already timeless at first listen. Really like this one!
Interesting track. Starts off with a gritty electronic feel but then the vocals balance it out as the drumbeat kicks in. The song reminds me of some 70s arena rock anthems updated with an electronica groove. I appreciate the share and will definitely forward to my followers. Thanks!
I really like the track, it sounds like a weird and lo-fi version of Other Lives, but with a hint of Animal Collective into it (maybe due to the vocals). The construction is its strength, the way in which the song starts - slow, stretched - and then how it evolves increasing the pace with the addition of more instrumentales before fading out perfectly. You should work more on promoting yourselves.. I mean, there's not even a description of you here. I had to check out your Facebook page to discover that this is the title track of a record you recently put out. So work on this aspect and try to reach - even independently - the right publications that fit with your sound and can help to spread the word. Thanks for sending this through. I wish the best for your career.
On "Golden Grove" by indie rockers Clast, the band lay down some seriously lo-fi jams drenched in feedback and honesty. While the instrumental arrangement is at first blush fairly simple, there are new layers of instrumentation that are revealed as the song progresses. Xylophone, fuzz guitar, bass, and drums are just a few of the instruments to grace this fine song, a combination that on paper shouldn't work, but somehow ends up flowing effortlessly. Vocally, Clast occupy a register that recalls bands like Muse and maybe even Radiohead, which ultimately fits perfectly with the aforementioned xylophone melody. Ultimately, this makes for a perfect marriage between the vocal and instrumental performances.
This song has a nice uplifting quality to it, slightly folky vocals and pleasant sounding arrangement. The video has a carefree feeling and matches the song well. It is a peaceful and relaxing sound.
This is good. A lot done with two chords. I keep waiting for a bigger chorus or bridge so maybe something is missing but the tension also works. Cute story video as well. Overall very good but I'd like to hear more songs before giving an overall opinion. I have shared this with the Hunnypotunlimited.com team.
Thanks for sending this my way! As a longtime cursive / the good life fan I have nothing but appreciation for the grungy, earthy, surreal. texture you've painted here. I remember hearing "know you know me" awhile back, and this has a completely different feel; focusing more on the instrumentation and dropping out the synths. I do miss the double-tracking on the vocals from that one : ) The combination of distortion on the guitar, wavering in the vocals, and crafted scratchiness on the call-and-response upbeats in the violin blend together beautifully; attracting the heart in delightfully rending fashion. A most perfectly imperfect dance with despair. I'd love to do a spotlight on you guys, and feel free to write me back here on Fluence if that's something you'd be interested in. Just bought the record on Bandcamp, and glad to help share it out. A quick promotional note on the description, I'd definitely recommend including links to your social profiles as well as the Bandcamp album (https://clastmusic.bandcamp.com/album/tell-me-a-story). Also, leading with a message telling people what you're looking for goes a long way in giving direction. For example, starting with **Looking for coverage collaboration and promotional advice**. Or **Looking for detailed production feedback and direction**. Something along those lines...hope this helps!
Ah, I'm gigging the laid back vibe..& the intro bassline immediately grabbed my attention. All the extra percussion is a nice touch too, adds cool depth & texture to the mix. The vocal melody is strong. Reminds me a bit Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) with maybe a hint of Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World). I think the mix works well for this genre, and the musicianship is definitely up to par. However, I feel like I'm still waiting for the hook nearly 1/2 way through the song. I think a bigger, melodic hook for the chorus would take this composition further, and give a nice contrast to the verses. Overall, really cool track with lots of potential. Thanks for sharing with me. - Chris
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Love this immediately. The clashing of darkly industrial instrumentation and ghostly synths, along with the hauntingly reverbed vocals, is right up my alley. The repeating vocal melody being eventually accompanied by trickling synth arpeggios and subtle electronic additions make "Know You Know Me" a fantastically hypnotic melodic crawl. I'm loving a bunch of production choices, from the whooshing percussion that emerges around 02:10 to the barren post-punk reverberations around 03:30. I'm really enjoying this, and will post it on my site very shortly. Look out for a post on Obscure Sound in the near future, and reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in details regarding my PR servicing (rates, success stories). Thanks for the submission! -Mike
What an odd yet compelling video, something that is replicated in the slow electro stomp of ‘Know You Know Me’. With echoes of obscure German synth heroes the song hinges on the clean Leee John (of Imagination) sounding vocals. The allure is certainly in the detached sense of self the song portrays and while this doesn’t mean it is devoid of melody it just means its beating heart is more artificial than human. Should appeal to fans of the ‘Drive’ soundtrack and as such is particularly suited to late night treks through the urban wasteland.