EP Review: Cloudspeak – To the Moon

Spotify, Bedroom composing and producing has been on the rise in recent years. Johnny Wright IV aka Cloudspeak, a 21-year old songwriter from Chicago, has just launched his DIY debut EP To the Moon.

There’s a real sense of movement in each of the six tracks here. “Set Sail” feeds the ear a lovely set of liquid piano chords, irregular rhythms and eventually orchestral backing, while “The Great Sea” laces its main melody and harmonies with bustling, positive energy.

“Storm Clouds” features extensive lead guitar that complement a busy drum kit and the tracks build confidently rather than hurtling towards their crescendos. The range of dynamics and textures owe something to Johnny’s multi-instrumental grasp.

It’s tough to ignore the incredible versatility, technical prowess and emotion in the lead guitar’s phrasings. Talented musicians often overload their music with impressive, yet characterless fretboard acrobatics. Thankfully, Cloudspeak does not subject his audience to the same ordeal. The solos are wholesome yet light, devastating yet controlled.

Cloudspeak’s sound is smooth, well-rounded, and, at its core, brimming with delightful energy. The record puts listeners into motion — they can soar and eventually reach a celestial landscape, sweating from the trip and anticipating the next step in this young guitarist’s growth.

Download To the Moon from Bandcamp, or get it from Spotify, Apple Music, or Amazon.

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