Codes In The Clouds eponymous album is their third. It’s taken six years to make - three years spent writing and recording and three years in post-production. It wasn’t just their desire to make things more detailed than on previous records, but the band members have had more going on in their personal lives. Whatever happened in those six years be it joyous, heartbreaking or otherwise, they’ve left it all on this record.
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Just for you, my friends, I have a review of the latest record by an instrumental post-rock band who trade in emotional euphoria and whose band name features the words “in the”. I know what you’re thinking, he’s talking about Explosions In The Sky, why all the secrecy? Well that’s because I’m talking about Codes In The Clouds, whose self-titled third album, soars in similar ways that Texans music does.
Codes In The Clouds are a band who can handle a patient build. Track one ‘About Your Etiquette…’ starts all moody and atmospheric, before the false peak of some solo skeletal guitar. This only serves to raise the tension even further before the unveil the track’s real peak, three minutes of full on noisy post rock beauty.
There is a willingness to embrace the skeletal that really makes the loud bits feel immense. The climax on ‘Sixes and Seventeens’ comes in the centre of the song, with less dense space on either side of it. This all being driven relentlessly forward by ultra disciplined drumming. ‘Tide Creeps Like A Thief’ sees Codes In The Clouds tackle something closer to drone. Piano is accompanied by heaving synthesisers that threaten to overcome everything that lies before it.
‘Codes In The Clouds’ took the band six years to make. It does sound it. There’s a sense of thoughtfulness that pervades each track, and makes their take on the euphoric post rock genre one that is well worth hearing.
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