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june 2010

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"... I took a second too long" CDEP

Breathing Room Records

Genres: indie rock

Breathing Room
PO Box 4415
San Diego CA

May 2 - 8 2005

At thirty minutes, the I took a second too long EP is a perfect glance at one of San Diego's up-and-coming indie rock acts.  lowcloudcover is a serious fourpiece fixated on dark, cinematic compositions that often surpass typical pop song duration.  Haunting atmospheres and moody, drawn-out melodies characterize the band's sound, which seems to come from a massive conglomeration of influences, including The Jesus Lizard, No Knife, Mogwai, and Interpol.  "Where Did You Go" is the record's first standout track, boasting a climactic feel and a very satisfying chorus with a nice, No Knife-like urgency.  Lengthy track "The Last Lemming," on the other hand, is spread out, spending the majority of its duration building up to the eventful final release.  Explosive finale "Give Me Mine" finishes the EP on a very strong note, creating drama with GYBE! and Mogwai style guitars and reeling the listener in by way of Radiohead-esque creepy vocals.  Ultimately, this is just one excellent EP - lowcloudcover are on the cutting edge of rock music, and you'd be missing out if you didn't take note right now.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]