CEDARSMOKE Venture ‘Into The Wild World’ With Release of Debut Album

“My fave yet from cedarsmoke. it feels carefree and loved up and the sweetness never feels overplayed!” 
4 / 5 stars (Declan Byrne, Triple J)

“Supremely loveable tune here and love that vocal. Its making me feel like its summer in this Arctic snap im in. Thanks Cedarsmoke!”
 4 / 5 stars (Gemma Pike, Triple J) 

“They’re a band that put storytelling at the forefront”

“It’s a glorious pastiche of popular culture references.”
(AU Review)

“A gorgeous slice of sunny indie pop that mashes together a brash, rocky riff that gives the track an appealing one-two punch”

“It’s the power to generate such vivid landscapes of longing, loss, frustration and doubt that makes Cedarsmoke one of the most relatable bands going.”
(Hysteria Mag)

With their ambitious approach to indie-rock that rewards nuanced listeners, Brisbane’s own, Cedarsmoke have packed their lyric-driven pop, dark-humoured observations and moody charm into every second of their debut album, ‘Into The Wild World’ (out October 22).

Following four well-received EP’s, ‘Into The Wild World’ is a 13-track eclectic amalgam of the band’s sonic and lyrical style, threading energetic indie-rock, acoustic folk-style ballads and piano-driven numbers together in an honest exploration of the unpredictability of life in your twenties. Cedarsmoke explains: “The album deals with different aspects of being in your twenties and being in the throes of a quarter-life crisis. It aims to convey that entering adulthood is also like entering the real and wild world and the first time you have to properly confront adult freedoms and responsibilities like work, sex, love, money, alcohol, excess and restraint.”

Recorded and mixed by Cam Smith (Tape/Off, Spirit Bunny, Terra Pines) and including guest vocals from Maddie Keinonen (Dumb Things), ‘Into The Wild World’ opens with an introduction into adulthood as heavy drums, crooning vocals and melancholic piano signal the first step into the “real world” with We Settle Into The Night.

Next, a taste of wholesome country flavour bursts through in Never Mind as slide guitars and juicy harmonica elements deliver a satisfying crunch in a song confronting the difficulties of experiencing social anxiety in an extroverted world.

If childhood is a party then Being Young Is Getting Old represents the hangover as frontman Jon Cloumassis’ endearing Aussie rasp details the downside of twenty-something youth betwixt sonic experimentation with mellotron echos and effects-pedal twinges peering through acoustic guitar melodies.

On a journey of self-discovery and maturity, love song Some Things follows with a brooding guitar and piano-led alt-rock mix, trailed by the all-good Half Bad, boasting crispy bites of distorted guitars in a lifting chorus, keeping us from sweating the small stuff.

Sojourning from Cedarsmoke’s distinctive self-deprecating darkness is Anything arriving in the warming indie-rock embrace of an optimistic love song with vibrant smatterings of mandolin and synth, until a reality-check in the form of The Bitter End broaches the dichotomy of freedom and commitment.

Time To Leave pipes up with rambunctious drums and robust rock ‘n’ roll riffs, each verse covering a different situation that ultimately ends in knowing that it’s time to leave, chased by stripped-back and sweet interlude Sideways, providing a soft, melodious pitstop between two high-energy rollers.

Cue Sadly Ever After, which sees Cedarsmoke take a bite from the poisoned apple in a punchy alt-rock track that uses wacky guitar bending riffs and slightly disgruntled melodies to represent not-so-happy endings that are more realistic than their fairytale counterparts.

Leaning heavily on organ melodies and crescendos, An August Night swoons and sways, as oscillating soundscapes tell the tale of two lovers, the band’s clever arrangement conjuring the clear image of their figures moving together in the distance as the camera pans out and the credits start to roll.

On a spectre of swinging synths and solemn vocals, Only Pain explores the glorification of suicide in popular culture with a mellow grunge-inspired track, delivering us to album closer Those Days Are Gone, a nostalgic folk-ballad that offers one last reflection on the freedom and chaos of youth, before leaving it behind with the bittersweet echo of slide guitars, pensive piano and stirring harmonica, acting as final remnants of the past.

Cedarsmoke’s previous releases, including multiple singles from this album, have seen ongoing support from theMusic, AU Review, AAA Backstage, Hysteria Mag, Scenestr, Music Is My Muse, Local Band Smokeout, Triple J Unearthed and more.

Cedarsmoke’s debut album ‘Into The Wild World’ is out everywhere on October 22


With thanks to Ruckus PR

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