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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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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