Cloudkicker – Beacons
Ah, Cloudkicker. Complete sonic beauty, brutality, and complexity. This is no longer the most recent release from Columbus Ohio’s Ben Sharp, for just this past november he released two (yes, two) albums that are much dreamier and more acoustically driven.
But this is about Beacons.
I don’t know if there’s an independent musician anywhere that makes their home recordings sound as good as Ben does. The number one thing lacking in most indie music releases is clarity, but Cloudkicker has in it spades. No track is muddy or incoherent. Every pluck of a guitar string, bass rumble, or cymbal hit comes through as clear as if you were standing by the instrument in person. To achieve this while making some of the heaviest sounding music ever is monumental. Beacons has everything we’ve come to expect from Cloudkicker, which means there are about a million complex time signatures and mind-bending guitar riffs. Not to mention an album’s worth of hilarious song titles. I want more Ben, I want more.