Clash Bowley is an artist from Boston who has been quite prolific as of late. I was browsing his discography and noticed that he released a total of four albums in 2019. Today we will be taking a peek into two of them - Strange Attractor and Plush Universe. The albums to my ears had a lot in common with each other.
Strange Attractor is the first album that I spent some time with. The album begins with “To Be Light” which contains an electronic beat, a panning synth which sounds like white noise combined with a sine wave. There are some Radiohead vibes within the music although Bowley has his own thing going when it comes to the vocals. There is a lead vocal and also occasionally a more alien sounding lead vocal.
The electronic beats continue with “Over Me” and I noticed the song was also significantly softer in volume and subdued. Things get chaotic on “It Was Over” which contains an industrial beat, lead guitar and more. I was a bit overwhelmed by how much was happening in the music but enjoyed the diverse sound.
“One of Them” contains a fast kinetic beat and shifting lead guitar of some sort that seemed to be covered in distortion and reverb. The vocals veer towards spoken word on this song and are laid on top of the mix. Bowley’s vocals are just a little above a whisper on this song. One of the highlights is “Crossfire” which contains aggressive distorted guitar and a circular beat. Bowley sings “what happened how did I get here?”
“Wash Over Me” goes down alien wormholes while “A Brain to Burn” has one of the smoothest beats and an overall sound that is very tranquil. The other highlight was “Ominous” which leads towards Industrial music NIN style.
Plush Universe seemed to be built on a very similar foundation. “What I Need” which is one of the highlights for instance plays around with white noise and electronic beats. I thought “What I Need” has arguably the best notable vocal melody I heard from Bowley.
“Do Love” is a unique song. There is a good amount of grit with this song and Bowley’s vocals more or less follow the guitar line. There were a couple of highlights as the album progressed. “Undercover Lover” has one of the best hooks. I liked how natural his vocals sounded on this song. I also enjoyed the electro infused “Thunderflash” which has an inventive beat and buzzing electric guitar. The tranquil and serene “The Rain Come Down” was also a quality track. The slightly southern infused “Why Don’t You Dance” was really well done.
Strange Attractor and Plush Universe both seemed to possess a foundation. There is definitely a sound I was hearing that felt unequivocally like Bowley. Take a listen.
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