Cloakroom – “Further Out” Double LP
The debut full-length by this trio from Northwest Indiana (who released an album on Relapse in 2022). Maximum loudness that swamps the bitter sweet melodies, gaining them the slightly awkward tag of ‘stoner emo’ (although apparently the band put that one out there as a joke…. but it kind of holds up). Following the amplification dials that were first arranged by Jesu, and adding Midwestern indie rock of yesteryear (aka emo), especially the vocal style – makes for a satisfying catharsis, tinged with an enchanting melancholy (a la Sebadoh), contrasted by the swirly uplift of the shoegazey guitar wash.