Have you ever considered what the soundtrack of your life would sound like?
On their debut EP ‘october 31st’, Gadget and The Cloud lay the wildtrack of an imagined life – from the cliffhanger moments, to the monotonous, with stare-into-space segues sandwiched in between.
The EP brings colour and depth to even the most despairing emotions; unfiltered and unwavering in its aggressive delivery. grove’s intro, reminiscent of sinister church organs, is bejewelled with sporadic keys and sharp claps. It’s a volatile journey through sound and emotion, making it the an apt track to front the release.
flake is ‘october 31st’s strongest track, with attention-grabbing synths that bloom over a spiralling backdrop. Kelly Doherty, who is both ‘gadget’ and ‘the cloud’, introduces sharp breaks, which eventually meld appropriately with the surrounding instrumentation.
Doherty plays with tempo on trace; keys sluicing through the established melody. Instrumentally, it’s the least abstract sounding track of the EP, as well as the shortest. The band’s experimentation with structure is admirable, although a more fleshed-out version would have been nice to explore.
Gadget and The Cloud’s Bandcamp bears a description that simply says, ‘sad songs’. october 30th is one of those songs. Leading up to the title track, it manages to be impactful and extremely loud, without actually being loud at all, a strange feeling. The hollowness of the track reflects a cavernous mind, with the occasional washing of sound breaking the tension in waves. Despite it’s sparsity, it is an interesting experience sonically.
The title track sees the inevitable build up come to a gloomy head, that sees the electro sound echo and bounce off both sides of the mind. It’s a slightly bigger challenge of a listen, but it could be assumed that that was the intention of the band.
As with almost any band, it’s safe to say that Gadget and The Cloud won’t be to everyone’s taste. It’s a niche genre that is difficult to look at clinically. It’s intricate, without being overly embellished with unnecessary flairs.It’s simply-produced music that sees her communicating honestly about her own emotions and self-awareness, albeit all too briefly.
With that said, it will be a treat to see how the band will follow on from ‘october 31st’.