CHARLIE ALEX MARCH
After the Clouds Clear

[LoAF Recordings, www.l-o-a-f.com]

LoAF or LO Alternative Frequencies Recordings is a label that started up sometime early on in 2006 in order to release luscious renditions of music that has been boiling down in the underground.  Each of their releases comes packaged in a real 12" vinyl sleeve.  Each CD [or CD 3"] is glued on a carton backing which has some nifty art work.  The whole thing looks and feels quite snazzy and each release is limited to only a few hundred copies. Charlie Alex March is a new name [as is the case with many LoAF releases]. Working with samplers, keyboards, drum machines, sequencers and real instrumentation, he comes up with one of the more quirky debut releases I'd heard in a while.  Joe Mount [aka Metronomy] does a wild job in arranging the string parts together with electronic tid-bits.  All musical parts fit in so well, you'd swear there was a large symphony orchestra playing these five short tunes in a grand hall.  String arrangements were done by Dominic Murcott of the High Llamas and the Elysian Quartet provided the strings.
The beauty inherent in this brief 15 minute EP stems from its apparent simplicity.  Surrounded with lush, gloriously uplifting string section, each track has a bit of the serious and a bit of the humorous to it.  To call this na?ve child-like music may be appropriate but it may be a disservice as well.  March realizes the power of the proper mix and the right way of doing things.  The release comes complete with a second 3" CD that contains a hilarious marching band video for the quirky "Goodbye Penny" track.  "After the Clouds Clear" is an optimist's way of describing a thunderstorm.  It rained like hell, but when it was over, the sun broke through and we all got a suntan.

- Tom Sekowski


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