Cloud Hands – “Smithereens”

Based out of Elon, North Carolina, Cloud Hands is a five-piece with a penchant for bright, fluttering melodies that aim for both accessible hookiness and more ambitious jam-rock aesthetics, the latter especially present in the closing guitar trickles on this track. Prior to that, enthusiastic and youthful vocals lead over multiple guitar layers, centering around a soaring chorus where an enthusiastic guitar line lead is complemented nicely by a steady rhythmic backing. Much like chief influences Young the Giant and Colony House, there’s a value on accessibility, though not to the point of being overly clunky or predictable. Such is the case here and throughout their just-released Qualms EP, streaming in full below. The mellower, twangy “Still See You” is equally recommended:

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