Different Cloud | démo #1 (debut EP)
Different Cloud is the solo musical project of French singer-songwriter Maxime Lefebvre. I recently heard his music on Bandcamp and was immediately impressed after my first listen to his six-track debut EP, simply entitled démo #1. Recorded over a two-month period in mid-2017, the original compositions on this EP sound much more like fresh, well-produced tracks than demos. As a guitarist who also plays bass, drums and piano, Maxime cites his musical influences as rock, folk, blues, pop and some psychedelic music - elements that are apparent across the songs on démo #1.
démo #1 leads off with "Time to Rise," an energetic, catchy song with a charged, psychedelic vibe. With a vocal style reminiscent of Kurt Ralske (Ultra Vivid Scene) and great guitar riffs (think mid-90's Throwing Muses), this is clearly a standout track on the EP. "Flee" is soft and melodic, with a bit of shoegaze influence. The reverb and guitar effects throughout the song add a lovely, shimmering touch to the overall sound. The Western-influenced "Utopian Real," with its lonesome-sounding guitar and tempo changes, presents the most psychedelic-influenced track on the EP. "Stardust" gleams of 90's-inspired indie rock in a style similar to and equally as outstanding as "Time to Rise."
My favorite track, "The Issue," offers a striking blend of strummed acoustic guitar with Western/psychedelic-influenced electric guitar undertones, and smooth, easygoing vocals that guide the listener along the song's journey.
DIFFERENT CLOUD "THE ISSUE (demo)"