Posts Tagged ‘Cloud Records’

New Sound of Numbers review at Babysue

New Sounds of Numbers review at Razorcake

New Sound of Numbers – Invisible Magnetic (cloud)

These kids take their cues from post-punk’s groovier wing, with nods to bands like Kleenex and Delta 5 mixed with tribal rhythms, hints of funk, minimalist pop, drone, and so on delivered via some interesting instrumentation -they could be totally synth generated, but I’m hearing prodigious use of a melodica, violins, clarinets, and a host of other instruments one usually doesn’t come across in a good way in rock oriented music. The tunes themselves are engaging, creative, and in the case of “Complete,” quite the effective earworm. Nice to hear a band working outside the usual boxes with great results.

– Jimmy Alvarado.

New Sound of Numbers review at Dynamite Hemorrhage

New Sound of Numbers – Invisible Magnetic (Cloud)

New Sound of Numbers are resurrecting the ghosts of the Athens, Goergia post-punk scene that were largely buried in the public consciousness thanks to thousands of sensitive white boys with guitars who listened to Murmur a few times too many – pull out those Oh-OK and Method Actors records everyone! You can trace their influences from the raw, untamed female energy of the Slits and the scratchy kitchen sink post-punk experimentalism of the Raincoats, to the modern sound of Athens technicolor psychedelic soundscapes flavored by the weirder branches of the Elephant 6 family tree (from which they’ve borrowed a few band members). Multi-instrumentalist/ vocalist Hannah Jones is a student of the Mark E. Smith school of repetition repetition repetition chanting her lyrics over and over to form the rhythmic heart of the songs like ‘New Dance” and “Complete”, although I doubt the esteemed MES would tolerate so much trumpet, glockenspiel and clarinet in the mix. One minute they’re layering multiple female voices (including Vanessa Briscoe Hay of Pylon!) into the sort of striking, slightly off kilter harmonies that Grass Widow have updated from their post-punk godmothers and the next they’re knee deep in a straight out of Stereolab motorik beat filtered through the busy electronic psychedelia of 60’s combo the United States of America. There’s so much going on in these songs that they might not make too much of an impression if you’re preoccupied with boiling water so you can make some tea, or try to sneak a listen on the shop stereo between customers at your dead-end retail job (guilty as charged), or whatever the bewitching charms of New Sound of Numbers’ jagged wobble and kaleidoscopic sprawl demand your full attention, if you’re willing to give it.

– Erika Elizabeth

New Sound of Numbers review at Maximum Rock and Roll

New Sound of Numbers – Invisible Magnetic (Cloud)
Post-punk that reminds me of Rip Rig and Panic / New Age Steppers in a manner that few bands have attempted since the early 00’s. Cool dual girl vocals, this is pretty close to being too artsy for MMR, altough it’s more like the post-punk pop landscape inhabited by the post Slits acts mentioned above than “art.” Sounds like they would have played with Bush Tetras at the Mudd Club. Tim Yohannan would have thrown this away instantly! I will admit that this is something I will never listen to again: there’s a little too much going on at all times and I would rather listen to music like this that was actually made in 1982 rather than something that has been perfectly engineered to replicate that time, but from now. I mean a good band is a good band, good songs are good songs, but there is something missing here somehow. Comes across as a studio band in a sort of dull manner. For a band with so much going on, it’s remarkably unmemorable and indistinctive, the songs are sort of muddy and boring and directionless, maybe because of the endless layers of sound?! They remind me a bit of First Nation who were on Animal Collective’s label about ten years ago, mining similar territory albeit in a more pop/less experimental manner. The singer has a cool voice.

New Sound of Numbers review at Dagger

New Sound of Numbers – song of the day at Collapse Board

New Sound of Numbers review at Roctober

New Sound of Numbers featured at Flagpole

New Sound of Numbers – “Invisible” played at BCB Radio

New Sound of Numbers at DOA (Delusions of Adequacy)