75 Bands in 75 Days – Day 1: Cumulus

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome, welcome, to 75 Bands in 75 Days, where we’re showcasing the best (relatively) unknown talent that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, at least one band per day, leading up to December 31st, to ring in a new year. We thought we’d start things off with a bang, with Seattle indie pop darlings Cumulus!

Spearheaded by singer-songwriter Alexandra Niedzialkowski, Cumulus is a four-piece indie pop-rock band from Seattle, Washington that’s on Trans- Records, the record label founded by Chris Walla, former guitarist for Death Cab for Cutie. The band takes a very poppy, sugar-coated approach to indie power pop, with maybe a bit of post-punk revival in the mix, like you’d see from bands like Clap Your Hands Say YeahThe Naked and Famous or Parquet Courts. Compared to any of those bands, though, Cumulus puts way more of an emphasis on its vocals and lyrical content, and for good reason. Alexandra has one of the most unique, pleasant and defined voices in contemporary indie pop, and the lyrics that she brings to the table are very personal and meaningful, and are well-worth reading into.

To date, Cumulus has had one studio LP out, I Never Meant It to Be Like This, which is a diverse, but ultimately enjoyable mix of indie pop, indie rock, post-punk revival, and noise pop. It’s a very skilled, catchy and memorable release, and we strongly recommend you listen to it. We’re hoping to see a new album out from the band in 2015. You can purchase I Never Meant It to Be Like This here.

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