CLOAKROOM – ” Doubts “

Posted: January 29, 2022 in MUSIC
Cloakroom Dissolution Wave

Cloakroom were one of the earliest leaders of the 2010s wave of Hum-influenced heavy shoegaze bands, and in the time since they put out their instant-classic 2013 debut “Infinity“, that sound went from being scattered amongst a few likeminded bands to becoming a full-fledged subgenre. Cloakroom haven’t released any of their own music in five years — and in the time since then, frontman Doyle Martin became a member of fellow heavy shoegaze band Nothing — but now they’re finally back with a new LP, and it’s a great one. “Dissolution Wave” is intended as a “space western” concept album, “in which an act of theoretical physics—the dissolution wave—wipes out all of humanity’s existing art and abstract thought.

In order to keep the world spinning on its axis, songsmiths must fill the ether with their compositions.” It’s shoegaze, so if you don’t pick up on all of that from listening to the often-obscured lyrics, you’re probably not alone, but even without being aware of the concept, you can tell that “Dissolution Wave” is some of Cloakroom’s most ambitious music yet. It’s an album that can be heavy, beautiful, and hypnotizing all at once, and it’s got an array of different moods, from light jangly indie pop to trippy psychedelia to brick-heavy sludge metal, from relatively upbeat to glacial-paced. It never stays in the same place for too long, and it just gets better with every listen.

Cloakroom celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band with their new album, “Dissolution Wave” – a concept album – a space western in which an act of theoretical physics—the dissolution wave—wipes out all of humanity’s existing art and abstract thought. In order to keep the world spinning on its axis, songsmiths must fill the ether with their compositions. Meanwhile, the Spire and Ward of Song act as a filter for human imagination: only the best material can pass through the filter and keep the world turning. This is the universe that Cloakroom guitarist/vocalist Doyle Martin conceived as a way of processing the last few years. “We lost a couple of close friends over the course of writing this record,” he says. “Dreaming up another world felt easier to digest than the real nitty-gritty we’re immersed in every day.”

With lyrics based on an imagined cosmology, “Dissolution Wave” also marks a grand expansion of Cloakroom’s dreamy space-rock palette. Written from the perspective of the album’s protagonist—an asteroid miner who writes songs by night—”A Force at Play” has an airy, pastoral feel. Meanwhile, the melancholy title track captures the miner’s regret as they lament that they signed up for such a long stint on the job, while closer “Dissembler” describes their anxiety about the revelator who will judge their work. “If you don’t write a good enough song in this universe, you run the risk of being forgotten and lose the opportunity to return as a meaningful form of life,” Martin explains.

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