The third track from Weather Systems offers extremely beautiful and intricate vocal arrangements, as well as heavenly musical complements.
Music is most powerful when the result is greater than the sum of its parts. There’s something wondrous about the way a combination of sounds can create an entirely arresting and therapeutic experience; you can analyze each element and deconstruct every formation (as I’ve promised to do in this series), but like the miracle of life, knowing how it all works doesn’t quite explain the magic of why it works so well (if that makes sense). As I’ve said before, such is the case with Weather Systems, a record on which every moment is just about perfect.
While the first two songs on the album—“Untouchable Pt. I” and “Untouchable Pt. II”—do an amazing job exemplifying how a combination of instrumentation, lyrics, and production techniques form a elegantly poignant journey, the full-length’s third track, “The Gathering of the Clouds”, is on a different level entirely. It’s arguably the album’s most intricate offering, as well as the first of several ingenious weather metaphors that tie together most of the songs. “The Gathering of the Clouds” never ceases to make my jaw drop.