REVIEW: Big Black Cloud’s “Black Friday”

 photo BigBlackCloud_cover_zps6a36e300.jpg Black Friday (Eolian Empire) is an album that represents a nice chunk of what the Portland music scene is doing today, or at least representing the diversity of the scene that continues to grow, filtered through a trio named Big Black Cloud. What this two-man, one-woman band do is just churn up the power and go full on with how they play and sing to create something that feels suffocating, yet done with clear distinction. “Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness” is an awesome instrumental where you’re able to hear what they’re about with relying on the possible meaning of the song, while a track like “Bomb My Brain” could lead some to immediately making a list of comparisons. Part of it sounds like angst-y, itchy ass rock, playing off-key on purpose but taking on the Sun Ra philosophy that there are no wrong keys, they keep that fierce energy going and work it through. Speaking of jazz, when a trumpet opens “Barbaric, Mystical, Bored”, it may sound like something is out of place, but it fits in, as if it’s a call to arms. It may be a distant relative of Portland’s rich-but-sometimes-forgotten jazz music scene, or it’s there merely to be an addition to the heaviness of what Big Black Cloud creates, but everything has its place, and there’s a place for everything. Big Black Cloud are now looking for places to fill those voids. A song like the title track could bring up a number of comparisons: the minimalism of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive”, the raunch of Alice Donut, the force of the punch of this band and that band but after all of the easy comparisons one could make, the force of the punch here comes from Big Black Cloud.

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