VISIONS IN CLOUDS; abstract thoughts under a thick fog of concerns, the optimistic ideas covered by the tensions of reality, the ever burning desires of a pressured society.
The songs of Visions in Clouds [VIC] are anthems of a faceless generation. The Lucerne, Switzerland quartet’s fusion of post-punk and ‘80s new wave embodies a search for clarity with which anyone can identify.
Meandering guitar riffs and contemplative lyrics are prominent elements in each VIC soundscape, and their somber stage presence only adds to their mystique. Recently, they’ve expanded their creative range as well. After the success of their 2016 debut album, Masquerade, the band have fine tuned their style to deliver a vibrant new EP titled levée en masse.
VIC originated in 2015 when drummer Simon Schurtenberger and guitarist/vocalist Pascal Zeder shelved their pop music projects in favor of a more genuine expression. Bassist Philipp Bracher and guitarist Claudio Scodeller joined their ranks soon after, and the band cut their first studio-length album before performing throughout Switzerland.
In early 2017, a guitarist from the U.S. named Leopold Oakes replaced Bracher as bassist. Owing to his previous experiences, Oakes’ frenetic downstrokes became a key component of their sound. Furthermore, a newfound synergy between bandmates helped them build momentum in the months to follow, eventually culminating in their definitive sophomore release.
Identity and isolation are recurring themes in VIC’s music. Their songs resonate not only with the disenfranchised youth of today, but anyone who has longed for meaning. From the distance in their concepts, you can sense a shapeless truth that is somehow more substantial for being so serenely veiled.
Following the release of levée en masse, Visions in Clouds will continue to perform at new locations while spending more time in the studio for upcoming releases.