Indigo Boulevard hails from the suburbs of Northern Virginia and consists of Natalie Ingalls (lead vocals), Colter Adams (piano/drums/guitar/backing vocals), Kaia Ellis (vocals/guitar) along with Ella Pearlman-Chang. The band is releasing their latest EP entitled Cloud Noise.
A real eclectic blend of piano-led indie rock with honest lyrics, overlapping vocal harmonies and electronic beats, the band brings to life the joy and anguish of young love with tender harmonies and sweeping piano-based compositions infused with a soulful R&B vibe.
Cloud Nine opens with “Skyland,” where warbling and wonky synths start off this track. This is a piano-led song. The overlapping combined vocal layers contain an R&B vibe. The vocals are really soulful and dynamic. The track consists of the acoustics of piano accompanied by electronic beats. A real electric blend.
Following is “Home By 12,” where sounds of keys add an energized proponent. A jazzy doo-wop tune could be detected, harkening to a ‘50s-‘60s pop rock sound. The vocal harmonies are evocative, adding a real soulful touch. A piano melody courses through this song. Electronic beats pave this track.
On “Saccharine,” a rummaging cadence comes from the strings. This is another piano-based song. The acoustic of the piano trickles vividly in. This is a melancholy-tinged track with haunting and dream-like riffs. A drumming beat struts in. A soft lilting sound comes across much like in a lullaby packed with a soothing cadence.
On the closer “Icarus,” the minimal arrangement features simply the acoustic guitar supporting the evocative vocals. This is a stripped-down composition with a laid-back pulse. A dynamic acoustic song, a piano melody courses through this simply rendered track.
Though these are bedroom recordings, I was convinced that these were studio recordings due to the polished sound coming from the production. These R&B-tinged tracks were more refined than the lo-fi production that was elicited. I thought the band cultivated the right amount of emotional prowess to give these set of songs a seamless approach. Through this maneuver, they managed to gain a more singular-based sound.
Tethered with themes of love, Cloud Noise grapples at teenage romance in the modern era. Navigating through our own relationships (with each other and others), the album is an honest take on the magic of youthful romance. Cloud Noise is what it’s like to be young, alive and in love in 2020.
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