In every classroom there is always one or two loudmouth kids who make themselves heard above everyone else. Obnoxious, attention-seeking little know-it-alls who grow-up to become bloated adult versions of their kid selves. In the same classroom, there is the shy kid, the kid in the corner doodling in the margin of their jotter and absorbing the scene around them. A quiet child who will one day find their voice; just as soon as she works out what it is she wants to say. This album is the musical equivalent of Kid B – the shy child who grows up, lives, learns, and then one day speaks and makes themselves known. And when they speak it’s something worth listening to; as opposed to so much of the tired, loudmouthed drivel that is flooding the music scene right now.
The eponymous debut by Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud is a collaboration between French artists Guillaume Pintout (guitar), Cyrille Holodiuk (percussion) and Haluka Chimoto (cello). It is an almost entirely instrumental recording, without lyrics; aside from a few moments, such as the spoken word poetry during the opening track “Against All Odds” and then something similar towards the end with “Where Earth Meets Sea”. It is a very understated record. In fact, like the quiet kid in the class, at times it is really struggling to be heard and I find myself reaching for the volume control. But I raise the volume in appreciation, not frustration. Through the ten tracks and 65 minutes of this album, wispy, atmospheric clouds of sound rise up with tension and emotion so tangible that your become absorbed in the music. It’s a really powerful listening experience; truly you can FEEL sorrow, sadness and pain. The music swells to louder moments, the driving guitar and crashing drums of “The Leaden Sky” being the pinnacle, the small child now looming tall, before falling back into diminutive origins as the album ends in near silence. If you listen properly – and if you feel it – then you will fall in love with the art, craft and emotion that has gone into making this record.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
Available now via Brookyln, NYC darkwave label Projekt.