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The Whitsundays: I Can’t Get Off of My Cloud

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From The Whitsundays’ second album, just released on Friendly Fire Recordings. The Whitsundays are the weird and wonderful musical brainchild of Edmonton, Alberta’s Paul Arnusch.

Saul Saul is an emotional dawn-to-dusk carnival of sounds and songs, still holding on to the 60s-hearkening pop sensibilities that defined their debut album. This time around, however, Arnusch has let go of the rollercoaster’s handles and thrown his arms in the air, abandoning the strict song structures of the Whitsundays’ debut album for a more visceral and expansive sound. Arnusch manages to combine the harmonic textural elements of the Byrds, in songs like “I Can’t Get Off of my Cloud”, with the sincerity and distress of Galaxie 500, on “Oh Madeline”. He adds a smashing psychedelic pop hit chorus into “You Fell for It”, and then in later tracks references both the strange alien wit of heroic David Bowie and the carefully sculpted noisy reverb of Ariel Pink. Despite these subtle nods, The Whitsundays rule over a kingdom that’s all their own, a place of half-remembered shadows and fresh blood. It’s music that removes the listener from the siege mentality of this decaying world.

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