With the 2016 release of their debut album Out of Your Ego, the Catania, Sicily, Italy-based shoegazers Clustersun, comprised of Marco Chisari (vocals, bass), Mario Lo Faro (guitar) and Andrea Conti (drums), the members of the Sicilian based band quickly established themselves as one of their country’s most buzzed about and promising acts within the contemporary shoegazer scene — and as result of the growing buzz around them, the band was awarded the GLOBUS prize for Sicilian artistic excellence. As the band’s Andrea Conti says of the increasing recognition for their work, “Being cited alongside bands that we love and admire is great motivation to constantly push forward our limits.”
The Sicilian shoegazers’ sophomore effort, Surfacing to Breathe was co-produced by the band and La Casa Al Mare‘s Alessio Pindinelli, and the album reportedly finds the band retaining to enormous wall of sound that first caught them attention across Italy and elsewhere, but while gently incorporating elements of psych rock, post-punk and dream pop paired with lyrics that explore and express melancholy and emotional vulnerability and fragility. The sophomore album is a very tough step for every band, especially if it comes after a strong debut, as our Out of Your Ego was, says Marco Chisari. We are so much happy and proud of how Surfacing to Breathe came out, mainly because weve managed to capture how the band sounds live. The band’s Mario Lo Faro adds This album is way fuzzier, more powerful, dynamic, edgy than the debut. Sounds were layered to build a dense, but articulated, sonic wall. Also we recorded the songs from Surfacing to Breathe while we were touring so they retain that live vibe and power, while Out of Your Ego had more ethereal and ‘light’ tracks.”
Surfacing to Breathe‘s latest single “Lonely Moon” possesses an enormous and enveloping sound featuring layers upon layers of pedal effected guitar chords, a driving groove, ethereal vocals and a soaring hook, and interestingly enough to my ears, their sound is reminiscent of 4AD Records legendary heyday — but underneath the shimmering surface is a melancholy song focusing on its narrators deepest torments and regrets.
Directed and edited by renowned French videomaker Psyche Coaster, the video follows a desperate man, who leaps off a build and freefalls through a post-apocalyptic vision of urban decay being overtaken by nature, who eventually reaches light and sort of eerie peace after experiencing hell.