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Shams

Piano Cloud EP

(100% Silk; US: 19 Feb 2013; UK: 19 Feb 2013)

In Piano Cloud, Brooklyn-based DJ Shams has provided the perfect house music soundtrack for whiling away those carefree summer days. The six tracks feature steady, smooth beats, lazily descending synth pads, and, sometimes, a hint of techno noise. These elements come together most effectively on “Cloth”, which twinkles and reverberates its way into blissful oblivion. That’s the catch, though. Piano Cloud goes as easy as it comes, and not even the final, vocal-assisted track leaves a lasting impression. Accomplished, but hardly distinguished.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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