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The Invisible Clock Factory

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It’s been four years since The Invisible Clock Factory released their debut single, and it’s been time well spent. The Toronto-based duo of Adam Bunch and Matthew Ivanowich has been hard at work, meticulously piecing together their first full-length record, Somewhere Beyond the Blue-Cheese Moon. Using nothing more than a ramshackle collection of instruments and computer equipment, along with a talent for twisting sounds into strange, new shapes and a penchant for fairy tale lyrics and infectious pop hooks, the pair has crafted an ambitious debut: ten sprawling songs, each built from hundreds of individual tracks.

Strongly influenced by the concept-driven music of The Flaming Lips and the Elephant Six Collective, the album is vaguely centered around the kind of elaborate premise you might expect from the pairing of a rock critic with a philosopher. (Bunch has written for PopMatters and Crawdaddy! and is the Editor-in-Chief of SoundProof Magazine, as well as a former member of Toronto rock band The Coast; Ivanowich is pursuing his PhD in philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.) The record hints at the story of an orphaned girl who imagines her parents have escaped to a wonderful, far-away world. It’s an album of lush soundscapes and epic scope where references to quantum physics, Jean-Paul Sartre and the Vietcong mix with those of a child’s mind: sunflowers, lollipops and astronauts.

The world of the Invisible Clock Factory is a world of irresistible melodies, screaming feedback, hand-clapping choruses, obscure samples, toy xylophones, field recordings, bright guitars and roaring tympani.

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