I found out about Cloudkicker
in February via a tweet from a friend, clicked on a link, and was introduced to what is, without a doubt, my favorite new "band" of 2010. The reason "band" is in quotations marks is because Cloudkicker is actually not a band at all, but rather the work of one man: Ben Sharp
. My first exposure to Sharp's work was the three-song EP, ]]][[[,
which has since been remixed, remastered and re-titled to A New Heavenly Body.
It was everything I'm really drawn toward in music--heavy, odd metered, melodic, atmospheric and moody--and I couldn't stop listening to it. I must have had those three songs playing on a loop for weeks. That led me to snatching up every piece of music he'd made available online (all free downloads, by the way), be it early work under the Cloudkicker moniker, or mellower ideas he'd posted under the name B.M. Sharp
. I loved all of it. Needless to say, when I found out another full-length, Beacons
, would be released in September of this year, I had lofty expectations and couldn't wait to get my hands (or ears) on it.
It was worth the wait. Beacons is fantastic.
There's something I love about about Cloudkicker that is difficult to describe, but I think most of it is in part because my brain works in a similar fashion to Sharp's in a melodic sense. When I actively listen to music (meaning, really
listen), sometimes I can feel a movement note coming, or a shift in mood about to happen, and Cloudkicker hits that movement or shift on the head almost every time. It just feels "right" to me (for lack of a better term.) That's not to say it's predictable--because it most certainly isn't--it just satisfies me in a way that only a handful of artists' work can. Maybe it'll do the same for you. Pay what you want for Cloudkicker's music here