DOWNLOAD: Clouds, "Motion of the Ocean" (mp3)
This ain’t your ordinary stoner metal. Yeah, the guitars on We Are Above You (Hydra Head) — the new second album from Cave In guitarist Adam McGrath’s Clouds — mostly exist in sludgy Sunn-amp ear-rumbling down-tuned depths, but seven of the album’s 11 songs whiz by in under three minutes, fast enough to blow the bong resin off your brain. In “Motion of the Ocean,” the band cram a couple of Motörhead-style up-tempo anvil-heavy-riff verses next to blink-and-they’re-gone shuffle-beat anti-choruses, two separate whacked-out guitar solos, a balls-out half-time breakdown, and a feedback outro in a mere two minutes and 21 seconds. We got tired just typing that. You can grab the track above and catch the band live when they wrap up a big cross-country tour with Boris and Torche July 11 downstairs at the Middle East.