Cloud Repair creates dreamscapes infused with suspended chords and Wells’ introspective musings. Their release Space Suits shows a keen ear that melts the high-art creative palate with Casio-drum machines; like Danse Manatee produced by Sonic Youth. Braided with infectious melodies and hypnotic rhythms, these songs’ heart come from Wells’ hushed vocals. Together they suggest the urgency to life your best life now. Wells joined me for a brief chat about writing, vocals, and how to cull inspiration.
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SC: I love how you process your vocal so that it haunts soundscape. Can you tell me a little about this choice?
RW: The vocals on that song were processed to fit that crying out, in anguish kind of emotion the song has. The multiple vocal tracks that kinda swarm around the mix hope to evoke the confusing, desperate feeling in the song.
SC: Your songs are so adventurous musically. Do you have any advice for artists trying to create a similar vibe on their tracks?
RW: Be creative with your instruments. Guitars don't have to sound like just guitars or vocals just like vocals. Its fun to think of an instrument as a vehicle for sound, whatever that maybe. Also recording music at home lets you have more time to do weird stuff, like how some people record vocals in a shower for effect or something like that.
SC: What was your writing process like for "Hear Me, Girl"
RW: "Hear Me, Girl" was a wacky song to write. It started with the drum beat actually. I wanted a song that was more upbeat. After that, it kinda drifted towards what the main parts would be and the lyrics. These work symbiotically for me because the words and what the music makes you feel like are one in the same for each song I think.
SC: What is your writing routine like? Do you write daily or wait for inspiration?
RW: Usually it happens when I don't try and am not expecting it. That's hard though cause I would try all day if I could. In a way, it makes it more exciting cause it is fun to just have this idea appear suddenly, regardless of your expectations in that moment.
SC: How does your community of songwriters influence you as a songwriter?
RW: The musicians I do know and have connected with are important. It's a weird thing to sit around and think spending hours, months just tweaking your sound and songs is worth anything. So maybe the circle of inspiration among artists is life-giving.
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