Dreary Skies is really the perfect name for the solo project for Carl Bailey. The songs on Easter EP really sound dreary. There’s no two ways about it. From the music to the way Bailey sings. Speaking of his singing I really couldn’t make out much. Bailey sort of mumbles his way through these songs.
Easter is a DIY project far from any kind of professional recording. It’s obvious from the moment you hear the quality that Bailey wasn’t tracking, mixing or mastering with engineers.
He starts off with “Sometimes” which revolves around reverb laced guitars, some atmosphere and distant drums. All things considered it probably is the best song on the album and reminded of very lo-fi attempt at sounding similar to The Jesus and Mary Chain. I had a hard time believing him when delivers the line “sometimes I am happy.”
“Such a Shame” contains jangly guitars, crashing cymbals and indecipherable words. After a while, the song just sounds like a fluctuating drone. “Oh, Bother” is another perfectly titled song. Those were the words that came to mind as I was listening. Oh, Bother - this is dreary. I can’t say there is much light at the end of the tunnel with this track. Bailey really nails it again when it comes to song titles with the closer “Ambiance.” That’s pretty much what this song sounds like. This song is less dreary and more dreamy. Maybe even pretty at points.
Bailey still has a long way to go to compete with the pros. That being said he wrote and recorded these songs in about three days. Hopefully one day he will look back at these tunes as his humble beginnings in which he built a solid foundation from.
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