David Cloyd – Unhand Me, You Fiend!

February 23, 2009

davidcloyd1David Cloyd’s Unhand Me, You Fiend! is the New York City based singer/songwriter’s utterly impressive debut, featuring nine originals and a Radiohead cover, “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.” It’s a pretty potent mixture of pop and rock, finely crafted and intelligently made. (Listeners may find out how exactly it was made on the entertaining and informative commentary track that appears at the end of the album, featuring Cloyd and producer Blake Morgan.) The often densely layered music has echoes of the Beatles, Matthew Sweet and Elliott Smith, and stylistically sits comfortably among the work of contemporaries like Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik and Kevin Tihista’s Red Terror. All those comparisons aside, if there’s a familiarity to Cloyd’s music, it’s the strange way good music, even music new to your ears, already seems familiar. Unhand Me, My Fiend! has a hard edged beauty that makes it one of the first great discoveries of 2009. Standout cuts: “Never Run,” “Come Out Wherever You Are,” “We’re Coming For You Anyway” and “The First Sign.”



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