“Upstate New York is such a great place for original music and original people.” Joe Marchese
It’s true that I am frequently moved by music I’m listening to. It happens all the time. However, I clicked on the website for Williamsport, PA band Clouds Make Sounds, and kind of sat at my desk with my mouth hanging open. I’m in their thrall, they’ve got me. And I cannot figure out why. I can’t tell you exactly what it is that keeps bringing me back to their page to listen, but I have to offer them up in a beautiful light in case you feel it too! We’re going to get them at the Utica Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, September 17th at O’Donnell’s Pub and Grill at 9:00 p.m.
I’m at a loss for how to describe this music, also! They are self described as rock/indie/folk, but this is so much more. Josh Hines, Deron Johnson, Jeff Mach, Joe Marchese, and Shannon Cantor are making some kind of sonic magic that makes me want to say random descriptive words like soaring tones of bliss and sounds of peace. The music that a heart makes. Then, they rock for a minute or two, no doubt! And then, then my people, they drop it all out in startling harmonies that wrench something deep inside of you. There is so much texture to this music and if you believe at all that sound can raise your vibration, you need to see this band in September. You will feel it dance along the corridors of your vascular system- an energy exchange via sound. Then I found out none of them are past their mid twenties and that might just make these folks even more interesting. Great innate sense of music! Would you like some words strung together that actually help you figure out what they sound like? Good luck. Joe’s description is perfect, probably because it’s just as abstract- “A dynamic flexing of melodic and rhythmic muscles within the confines of a child’s storybook.” Erik Jensen of Upstate Live fame suggests they are Vampire Weekend-esque. I do agree that you can hear a reminiscence. You’re just going to have to click the link below and take a listen! There is no reason I can conceive that this band is not a household name already. We are in for a treat, Utica!
Official video for Chasing Joy. Refreshing and adorable.
Like In Like Lions, Clouds Make Sounds looks forward to winning over new fans who are unfamiliar with them and hope to come back again to play. They’re going to leave you with some reminders at great value, too. They’ll have three different T-shirts and their full length CD available for purchase at their show, and you can get both in a package deal for $15.
See them Saturday, September 17th at O’Donnell’s Pub and Grill at 9:00 p.m.