Anyone who visited a mall in the '90s remembers Magic Eyes-the computer-generated posters that revealed 3-D sailboats or elephants when you stared at them with unfocused eyes. San Diego's lowcloudcover is the musical equivalent of darker, less dorky Magic Eyes.
To hear the songs buried in lowcloudcover's music, you need to relax, un-focus and accept that there's more to what immediately meets the ears. That's when the band's blur of guitars, bass, drums and sampled loops reveals the intricate melody and harmony.
"When I have to describe [lowcloudcover's] sound, I find it really hard-almost impossible," says Bekkah Walker, who brought her keyboards and sampler to lowcloudcover when her old band, Dropscience, fell apart. "But other people describe us as driving and moody, maybe a little dark and kind of gothy."
Drummer Jay Richardson is also a refugee of Dropscience-and their migration to lowcloudcover makes a whole lot of sense. Dropscience was known for being icy, strange and experimental; lowcloudcover similarly ain't going to win any awards for conformity. Richardson and Walker both agree, however, that their new band is a little more straightforward.
"In Dropscience, we were trying to do everything except what was expected," says Richardson. "In lowcloudcover, we all come together to create one unified song.... This has been really refreshing because we come from one solid idea instead of taking seven ideas and trying to make them all work together."
Walker says it only took a few weeks with LCC founding members-bassist Dario Izarraras and guitarist Greg Russell-for the songs to start coming. The result is lowcloudcover's newest EP, ... I Took A Second Too Long.
"A couple of the songs on the new recording were riffs that Dario and I had been throwing around, but when Jay and Bekkah signed on they added their own touches," says Russell. "Then we immediately jumped into new songs-it just worked perfectly."Lowcloudcover holds its CD-release party at Buster Daly's, 9 p.m. on Nov. 27. Free. 619-284-2747.