When The Clouds – The Longed-For Season Album Review

When The Clouds, the solo project of Italian musician Francesco Galeno, is electronic post-rock in the vein of bands like Metavari and The Album Leaf. His six-track EP, The Longed-For Season, certainly lives up to its album title; it absolutely feels like an album about longing. It does not swell or soar in any grand way; instead, it explores the muted aspects of life through the use of Rhodes piano, guitar, and glockenspiel mixed in with subtle glitchy effects.

Tracks like “Rise On” would feel appropriate on the soundtrack for a summertime movie about unrequited love. “Flooding River” seems to harbor a sense of patient earnesty, as if one were waiting for an answer to a heart-wrenching question. But it is perhaps “November Song” which stands out as most fascinating; its use of electronic, almost robotic-sounding percussion seems to give the track a hidden level of emotional complexity that feels a bit too obvious in the other songs. The emotional consistency felt on this EP is perhaps its best and worst quality; a lack of change in pacing and mood makes the album feel less like an attention-demanding journey and more like fodder for dreams. All in all, The Longed-For Season might not be the most memorable of post-rock releases, but it might strike a chord if the events in your life match up with the sentiments embedded within it.

 

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2020, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits.

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