Cumulus is an indie-pop trio from Seattle. They may be a new band and they may be young, but their influences are set in the early-to-mid 1990s. In their bio, they name a laundry list of old skool This is That Song favorites like Heavenly, Beat Happening, Velocity Girl, Yo La Tengo, Tiger Trap, and My Bloody Valentine. Just to name a few. Any band who names all of those as influences is good enough in my book.
I wouldn’t really say that the influence of any of those bands stands out, but it’s really nice to know that they’re into all of those bands.
I’ve received a couple of emails about Cumulus, and I have no idea why I haven’t already written about them. When I got another one today about the debut of the video, it finally became time.
Actually, the beginning of tonight’s song has moments where it reminds me of Galaxie 500. I’ll eat my hat if Cumulus is not also inspired by Galaxie 500. Later in the song, it has some Yo La Tengo moments. The highlight of this song, and the highlight of the band, though, is the wonderfully syrupy vocals of Alexandra Niedzialkowski. Not the crummy overly sweet store-bought sugar-water maple syrup, and not that super-fancy Grade A stuff, either. The pure Grade B stuff. Rich, complex, and slightly gritty, but still very sweet.
Anyway, here’s the song:
“Middle” by Cumulus
By the end of the song, there’s a completely different intensity level, and I love it.
For some really weird extra credit, check out the very strange video for the song. The song debuted a couple of months ago. The video debuted today.
This album, which has been a very late addition to my 2013 library, will have a good chance of ending up in the year-end top 26.
The album, by the way, was handled by some pretty serious players in the Seattle indie music scene. They recorded the album at Phil Elvurum’s (Mt. Eerie) studio. While the band was literally moments away from placing the order for their album to be self-released, they were approached by Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), and he ended up releasing the album on his Trans- Records.
You can buy the album from the Cumulus bandcamp page, or from your favorite legal downloading place.