REVIEW // BUOY – Clouds & Rain


Buoy oh boy, I like this.

I’m sure I’m not the first, and definitely won’t be the last, to use that line in relation to Sydney artist BUOY. Taken from the press release: “I know this is probably the worst thing to say to someone when you have 10000x other tracks to listen to, but worth listening to the end.” I like an authentic PR person.

Charmain Kingston has gained quite a bit of traction in the past year or so. She’s been featured internationally and locally including on KCRW and BBC Radio. She’s set to release her second EP later this year.

“I’m in clouds and rain. I miss you.” The constant light tinkling beats really does feel pattering rain in fact. The song is very visual, very evocative. The frantic atmosphere that BUOY manages to generate in ‘Clouds & Rain’ using a mixture of syncopated percussion and reverberating vocals is restless and near uncomfortable.

But it’s then mitigated with 40 seconds of warm down to end the track, in case you need a breather after that tense builder. Thanks BUOY for considering the listener journey.


Hometown: Sydney, Australia.
Upcoming EP: Break EP, out later in 2016 via October Records.
Sounds like:
A lot of hip happening Melbourne producers at the moment  – PlanèteNull, Catlips.
Say what? Kingston was originally thinking of the name “Boy”, but her producer mistook it for “Buoy”.

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