Friday, December 12, 2014

CD Review: Alarm Clock Conspiracy Brings Together Their Influences On "Harlequin"

From North Carolina comes the sophomore album from indie-pop rockers Alarm Clock Conspiracy. The name of the album is "Harlequin" and it was self-released early this year. The members of the band have almost 100 years combined of music experience and it shows on this latest release. The band also invited Randall Bramblett (Traffic, Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic) to join in on keys and producer John Keane (Widespread Panic, Warren Zevon) even stepped in on guitar and percussion when the song called for it. The new thirteen-song release begins with the uptempo rocker "Skygazer" as you instantly notice a maturity in the band's delivery. The driving guitars of "Got My Mind Made Up" and contemporary pop feel of "To My Lost Friends" grows on you without notice. The songs on this album sound familiar, without never hearing them before. The ballads "Too Much" and "Hard Driving Wheel" are where their songwriting excels, but the country rock of "Sly Simmons" and electric "Reginald Day Is Here" are just fun to listen too and never get old. The album closes with the smooth acoustic sounds of "You've Been Content" and the bluesy six-minute "Something Tells Me." Alarm Clock Conspiracy are beginning the new year with a handful of shows in the North Carolina area. To find out more about their new album "Harlequin," please visit

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