August 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Cloud Boat – Model of You

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Cloud Boat

Model of You

Apollo

Street: 07.07

Cloud Boat = Oasis + The xx

Cloud Boat have accomplished the impressive feat of sounding exactly like every modern indie rock band, while making it impossible to directly compare them to anyone in particular. Their brand of not-quite-angular, washy, indie electronica rock seems like the logical endpoint of everything that has been popular in indie rock for the past five years or so, and it is completely inoffensive and mostly unremarkable. Whether this is a good thing or not probably depends on how casually you listen to music. For the indie-rock enthusiast, this album is going to prove kind of bland and uninterested, but for the casual music listener, this seems like it has the potential to be a real hit. Model of You doesn’t excite me much at all, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them blow up in the next year. –Alex Gilvarry
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