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Clouds of Analog / Press

“This is the full length debut for Penticton born/ Vancouver raised singer, songwriter and guitarist Robin Younge.  As you might expect from the album title, this disc visits some dark places- places I know all too well. Inspired and influenced by artists like Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails and Emmylou Harris, Younge has crafted an album of songs based on the various stages of grief., having spent much of his life listening to music as a source of comfort and therapy, as most of us do.  The energy of many of these songs though, like Lightning for instance, belies the gravity of the subject matter.  But even without knowing this, open the CD cover and the inscription inside will let you know that you’re in for more than just a pile of toe tappers; “wear on the outside/ what you wear on the inside/ expect to be judged”.”

Rock Doc - Gonzo Online

“North Van singer-songwriter Robin Younge's debut under the moniker Clouds of Analog is a lofty undertaking. Taking its cues from the conceptuality of acts such as Peter Gabriel and Nine Inch Nails, The Funeral March is an exercise in grief and self-examination rife with dramatic flair. Heavy on anthemic guitars and piano layers, the band's debut borrows mostly from The Killers and Interpol, and songs such as single Lately and Lightning soar on operatic choruses. Produced by Vancouver newcomer Martin Acosta, the album sounds crisp and vibrant. The vocals sometimes lack control, especially when Younge really starts pushing hard, but in softer moments his deep tone is a reassuring presence. The Funeral March is a surprisingly mature debut effort, one that should really garner Younge some attention. (Clouds of Analog plays its CD release party at the Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday.) Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun ”

“Stadium-ready anthemic rock from north Vancouver-based singer/ songwriter Robin Younge. Walls of heavy guitars and keyboards bunker Younge’s pleading vocals that sound at times like u2’s Bono or Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Musically, however, it’s a more daunting affair, reminiscent of Joy Divison’s Closer or Peter Gabriel’s third outing. emotionally stripped, the lyrics are honest and contemplative.”

Greg Potter - TV Week Magazine

“When a CD comes with a press release describing it as “a collection of songs based on the emotional stages of grief”, you know it’s not going to be the sort of thing you’ll want to throw on at your next dinner party. Well, you might, but only if your goal is to see your guests assume the fetal position under the table and weep inconsolably. Yes, thematically, The Funeral March is a downer, with songs peopled by riven souls, burdened by guilt and shouldering disappointment. Clouds of Analog’s singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Robin Younge, stays true to his chosen theme. The last stage of grief, according to the Kübler-Ross model, is acceptance, and Younge closes the disc with “Wrong”, the final line of which is a wearily resigned “There’s something wrong with me.” So it’s not exactly sunshine and lollipops, but The Funeral March feels genuine, and it’s a beautifully rendered roller coaster of emotions. Younge has a lovely voice, and he uses it to convey weig”

“Another band seeking the Holy Grail of major label love is Clouds of Analog. In my humble opinion, these North Shore musicians have the best shot of any independent band I have ever heard in Vancouver. After finally getting to see them play at Vancouver's famous Railway on the same small stage where Radiohead once performed, it was clear that their frequently "sold-out" free demo of five songs is not just a well done recording. This band is just as epic and even more potent live as on their live-off-the-floor EP. As a musician, when you listen to the EP, down-loadable free from their website or given away at shows, you will instantly be jealous of the quality achieved by their live-off-the-floor sound recorded in their jam space. But not every band aims high; and they should. If not, what's the point? Or so you could argue. Music doesn't have to be completely new and different from what has come before...”

by Elegwen Ó Maoileóin - Rockstar Weekly