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Above this Clouded Mind

by the Look Machine

Take MUSE, the Smashing Pumpkins, boy sets fire, the Smiths and mix them all together. Add in dash of folky acoustic guitar and stir. You've got emotional alternative music with smart lyrics and compelling songwriting.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. as much
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2. of hope and desperation
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3. falling behind
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4. whipping boy
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5. fanatic
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6. all our hands
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7. my name
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8. above this clouded mind
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9. simpler than it seems
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10. becoming
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11. i could never say
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12. ambrose
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13. live our lives
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14. stop the bleeding
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"You've got a problem." Said a first time listener. "First you sound like rock, but it isn't quite rock, then you sound like folk, but it isn't quite folk. You need to make up your minds!"

We've made up our minds. We will write our own music, we will play our hearts out, and we will continue to defy easy classification.

We will combine intricate acoustic guitar with hardcore rhythms and crunching distortion. We will rock, but we won't shy away from a more earthy, folksy sound. It might spin your head, but when your head stops spinning maybe you'll have found a new favorite band.

We’re five guys all reaching for the unreachable, believing in the unbelievable; but that’s ok, hopefully the soundtrack to the struggle will be good.

Far more than just a way to pass the time or even a tonic for a troubled soul, music is a way of life for each of the band members. We’re made up of friends and brothers, all musicians from childhood, all optimistic visionaries with high hopes and a daring dream, struggling to create music that is touching and powerful – first to us and then to the people who hear it.

In 2003 the Look Machine was born in an attic with acoustic guitars and burning hearts. The band has slowly evolved into what it is today. We started playing better, louder, more intensely, developing a real sound. We experimented with different styles, searching until we found our own.

Hardcore rhythms combine with fingerstyle intricacy on the guitars. The vocals are beautiful, yet marked with raw passion. The drums and the bass carry the music with a powerful beat. It’s not a style that’s easy to classify, and it’s not a sound that’s easy to forget.

Drawing on our varied musical backgrounds (born of a love of classic rock, modern rock, folk, even. . . showtunes) and crafting a sound that is unique and memorable, we’re shooting for the top, and having fun along the way. While we want fans that number in the millions, we will be honored if we could play a song that means something to even one.

And with the recent release of our debut full-length album "Above this Clouded Mind," produced by Nathan Gray and Josh Latshaw of Boy Sets Fire, we're ready to take the next step.

What comes next? A record deal, more shows, and tours. Who knows? Even if it all ends up in glorious failure, it will still be worth every minute, every risk, every note, and every dollar spent.

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callmemickey

. . ."Whipping Boy" and "Fanatic" fill out the album with more quality songs tha
I've been awaiting the release of the debut The Look Machine album for a couple of months now. As you may or may not remember, these guys have been recording with the guys in boy sets fire (perhaps the most spectacular post-hardcore band playing thesedays). The Look Machine's music stands on its own and is equally powerful in a slighly different direction drawing upon elements of finger-picked rock. A fan of bsf will notice a little bit of a imprint of bsf upon the look machine's music and this is definitely a very good thing.

The Album opens with the impressingly solid track "As Much". "Falling Behind" follows with a blend of distorted rock and softer melodic portions. "Whipping Boy" and "Fanatic" fill out the album with more quality songs that show what the Look Machine is able to do sonically. "Simpler Than it Seems" is the standout track of the album. Opening with a soft finger-picked intro that gently escalates into a catchy and heart-felt chorus and finishes nice and strong. All in all this is a very nice listen and a great start for these guys. I await more good things in the future.
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Jeremiah Johnson

With such emotion and talent, it is an easy recommendation.
Anyone with hears can hear that Above this Clouded Mind draws from a wide range of musical influences. Their intro wasn’t lying. Songs such as, Simpler Than It Seems and Stop The Bleeding, clearly boast of the Look Machine's instrumental talent; the guitar work is amazing as well as the vocals. Once, you've resigned The look machine to the soft acoustic style, they show off their diversity, with such emotion and rock out on songs as Falling Behind and My Name. But, in my opinion, the Look Machine's best song on this album is Ambrose, a easy blending a both their styles. The song paints a picture of a lost child and the pain involved. It chills me every time I listen. It is not the greatest album ever, but a good one. Recommended listening.
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PunkNews.org

They’ve reached to the farthest corners of rock music and taken something specia
Few bands have ever given me such a hard time in the way of pinning down a genre as the Look Machine. And I suppose, that in itself, in this day and age, is a victory. In an era where seemingly anything can be tagged with ‘core,’ the Look Machine have offered a debut that’s just as grounded in punk and hardcore as earthly folk.

There’s so much going into this musical puzzle that I may as well be trying to put the pieces together with a blindfold on. One minute a rock band with epic vocal delivery, the next a folk band using nothing but the grassroots of voice and acoustic guitar, and the next a hardcore band buzzing with energy and dissonance, the Look Machine have truly covered all bases. They’ve reached to the farthest corners of rock music and taken something special from each. And rather than a muddled result with no true sense of itself, they’ve succeeded in being a jack of all trades.

Somewhat surprisingly though, it’s not the tempo of the songs that dictates the variety, it’s not the instruments used therein, but the vocals of singer Jason Latshaw. It is then maybe the truest irony of all that the producer of the record is Latshaw’s brother Josh, who played in the now defunct Boysetsfire, and how eerie similarities shared between Jason Latshaw and Boysetsfire vocalist Nathan Gray are. Since Latshaw does not often let loose and yell the way Gray did, it’s in the singing that there’s remarkable similarity.

With 15 songs and an extremely wide variety of tempos and sounds, it gives ample opportunity for variety in the vocals, making sure they suit a stripped-down acoustic sound, or a grandiose heightened atmosphere; after all, the band likes to interweave both styles in over the course of all 15 songs. And with that many tracks, it’s easy to lose direction and it’s easy to lose momentum, but the constant changes in almost every facet of songwriting alleviate that problem completely. The somber state of “Stop the Bleeding” is the band's shining moment, and one where they sound so completely comfortable and completely in control that you can’t help but be impressed. Using only the absolute bare amount of instrumentation, Latshaw’s vocal qualities are on full display. The despondent lyrical delivery on lines like “I turned into someone I never thought I’d know” is chill-inducing. They work just as well in a more intense manner, though, as the opening riffs to “Name” are alarming and foreshadow the intensity to come. The vocals never do rise to a scream, but all that’s brewing beneath the surface with the cascading rhythms and solid drum fills is impressive nonetheless.

Most tracks fall somewhere in the middle in regards to pace and intensity, but there’s enough internal variety to keep each of the 15 songs in the category of “worth listening to.”

A truly unique effort with something to offer to a wide variety of people. The fact that so many styles, tempos, and ideas can coalesce in a very coherent effort is something to at very least be admired. No, I can’t pin this to one genre, but for once, it simply doesn’t matter.
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Mike Nadler

I found a new favourite
These guys seem to be in a genre of their own and it rocks. I can't wait for the second album.
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