Monday, October 22, 2007

Cloudland Canyon - Silver Tongued Sisyphus

Cloudland Canyon
Silver Tongued Sisyphus
(09.2007, Kranky)

After taking notice of their deliriously exciting debut, Requiem Der Natur 2002-2004, from last year, the enamored experimental giants over at Kranky have added Cloudland Canyon up to their virtual monopoly on terrific music. Making a quick follow up, Cloudland Canyon seem to be warming up to their new home with this two track EP. The two tracks on Silver Tongued Sisyphus drift on just past twenty minutes expanding their alien forest textures into continually new realms. The first track, "Dambala," builds through lapping waves of gentle feedback colored by an array of electronic chirps and whirs. Midway the track breaks info a piano motif and begins to build again with an increasing number of layers being added along the path before the track eventually disappears. The second and title track builds slowly and similarly for about three minutes before being injected with an ominous hum, drums and repetitive German (?) vocals. The track is colored with assorted krautrock flourishes before fading in a similar fashion to its’ predecessor. While both tracks are interesting they fail to do much more than act as filler to what is hopefully the new home of an upcoming sophomore release. With Kranky at their back, Cloudland Canyon seem destined for great things.

-Mr. Thistle

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