Cloakroom :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

On Indiana power trio Cloakroom's new album Time Well, the band weds shoegaze's blurry impressionism to post-rock heaviness and a rootsy framework. It's a heavy record, but its heft is due to more than the thick layers of guitar. On songs like "Seedless Star" and "Concrete Gallery," singer Doyle Martin conjures a particular atmosphere with his airy vocals; listen closely, and the influence of country rock and blues emerges, woven deeply into the band's dream rock aesthetic. But that influence can also be heard explicitly -- see the band's cover of Songs: Ohia's "Steve Albini's Blues," in which the band inhabits the song of another heavy metal-leaning Indiana boy -- and Time Well's "Hymnal," which finds the band reworking the 19th century American spiritual "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)," imbuing the traditional song with space rock textures.

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