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Majical Cloudz

Majical Cloudz

Courtesy Matador Records

When: Mon., Jan. 18, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: sold out
Few songs from last year capture the essence of new romance quite like “Downtown” by Majical Cloudz. The bare and spare music from front man Devon Welsh and producer Matthew Otto pairs well with reactions like the deafening pulse of your heartbeat brought on by a new beau, or the lump in your throat and searing rush of tears behind your eyes at the idea of losing that person. Many of the songs on last year’s Are You Alone? (Matador) feel distinctive even though they sound a little similar in passing. As the duo explore a wide range of emotions and reactions to romance and loss, their subtle shifts rippling with titanic emotive shocks, Otto’s minimal yet lush electronic instrumentals help Welsh’s plainspoken, piercing lyrics reverberate. Genuine intimacy burns throughout the album and elevates tracks like “Silver Car Crash.” Not much else should matter when that song is in motion: in the middle a synth melody that plays like a mutated sample of a choir rings out just after Welsh bluntly declares, “I am in perfect love with you.”
— Leor Galil

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