Freeclouds - WESTERN VINYL
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Mike Hilleary on November 14, 2011
With the bullet points of his songwriting résumé featuring collaborations alongside artists such as Marissa Nadler, Lower Dens and Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr., as well as work under his own former band Tulsa, it makes sense that Boston-based singer-songwriter Carter Tanton has finally gotten around to produce a record that he could put out under his own name. Featuring Nadler on guest vocals for the track “Fake Pretend,” and an honor-worthy cover of Sparklehorse’s “Saturday,” the resulting full-length, entitled Freeclouds, channels a seesawing mix of Americana and psychedelic electronics. Juxtaposing such traditional singer-songwriter tropes alongside spacey experimentalism comes into clearer focus when you realize that Tanton regularly makes reference to David Bowie’s “Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud.” While the album’s best track by far is the gale-swept opener “Murderous Joy,” shimmering as much as it forebodes, Freeclouds takes all kinds of shapes in Tanton’s sky.