Reviews:: Majical Cloudz

If nothing else, 2011 has shown that the little guy can still win in the music world. I’m not talking about Rosie O’Donnell not knowing (or ultimately eating) Arcade Fire when they won the Grammy. No, I’m talking about do-it-yourself successes like Arbutus Records, a label punching so far above its weight class you wonder if the Montreal based outlet ground up Little Mac into some thick, snortable lines to leverage his energy and tenacity.

 

Refusing to slow down, Arbutus has started a new boutique imprint with the singular goal of promoting music they love and I challenge you to find more enjoyable free music. The first Movie Star release to catch my ear comes courtesy of Majical Cloudz. Admittedly, the name is more suited to an all-white gangsta rap/cheeba smoking crew or Ras Trent subsidiary, but Welsh and Duffy expand on their first cassette and continue to show that underneath a hazy, dream-like, dank cloud lies two strong song writers.

 

At a whopping 15-songs and surprisingly brief 38-minutes, II plays like a collection of fragmented, subconscious thoughts. Sketches to connect the dots of truncated memories. Vocals fade in and out of the mix nicely, letting soft, murky electronics transport the listener into a dream state, but the duo bounces between beautiful bliss (the opening 1-2 combination of “Your Eyes” and “Dream World” - a lovely duet with Grimes - sets the tone for the record nicely before the duo starts experimenting) and unsettled chaos (“Black Lodge”, “Imagination”, “Nocturnal Point”) constantly.

 

Like any psychedelic dream, the journey isn’t perfect - the spoken word, pseudo rap on “Deep Dragz” kind of disrupts the flow and when they are at their most chilled, you wish the vibe would just keep going - but I don’t think Welsh or Duffy want it to be. They have other outlets for pleasant pop symphonies. This is creativity and experimentation; two things Majical Cloudz have in spades. Grab this now.

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MP3:: Majical Cloudz - Dream Lover (ft. Grimes)
WEB:: http://soundcloud.com/majical-cloudz

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