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David Cloyd

“Having recently departed New York City for Buffalo, you can almost hear the isolation in David Cloyd’s debut. Unhand Me, You Fiend! jumps between folky, Jeff Buckley-esque ballads, minor-key raucous indie-guitar workouts and, errr, a Radiohead cover (that’s actually quite great!) . . . It seems the work of a single, quirky mind with a lot of time on its hands—and it’s a joy to listen to.”
—Amelia Raitt, eMusic
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“And for Cloyd, all those possibilities finally seem within reach. . .”
—Adam Sternbergh, New York Magazine
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**** (Four Stars) “. . . an almost perfect album. This new talent David Cloyd, produced by melodic.net favorite Blake Morgan, offers a stylish and at times complex pop journey. With floating melodies built with acoustic elements and technical details, [this is] contemporary pop at its very best. Just listen to the tracks ‘Give Your Enemies a Chance to Rest’ and opening track ‘Sold Out Bargain’ and you will understand . . . Cool pop in a slightly odd and very personal style, this is a must album.”
—Johan Wippson, Melodic.net
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Unhand Me, You Fiend! is the debut album from musician David Cloyd. He uses this album to convey the struggles of everyday life. Cloyd’s voice on this album was very reminiscent of singers like David Berkeley and Jeff Buckley. No more was this more evident for me than in his song, ‘The First Sign.’ The lingering guitar line paired with his voice made me want to listen to this song over and over again . . . The depth of [his cover of Radiohead’s ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’] and the hollowness of the rhythm made the song so much more enjoyable than the original track. I think when I heard this track for the first time, the hairs on my arm started to stiffen and stand up on end. The most unique item on this album was the digital liner notes, which are actually the two bonus tracks on the album. I had never seen this prior and it was actually very interesting to listen to. This album is an excellent way to debut and I know I will be looking forward to future releases from David Cloyd.”
—Andrew Randell, The Celebrity Café

“David Cloyd’s Unhand Me, You Fiend! is the New York City based singer/songwriter’s utterly impressive debut, featuring nine originals and a Radiohead cover, ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.’ It’s a pretty potent mixture of pop and rock, finely crafted and intelligently made. (Listeners may find out how exactly it was made on the entertaining and informative commentary track that appears at the end of the album, featuring Cloyd and producer Blake Morgan.) The often densely layered music has echoes of the Beatles, Matthew Sweet and Elliott Smith, and stylistically sits comfortably among the work of contemporaries like Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik and Kevin Tihista’s Red Terror. All those comparisons aside, if there’s a familiarity to Cloyd’s music, it’s the strange way good music, even music new to your ears, already seems familiar. Unhand Me, You Fiend! has a hard edged beauty that makes it one of the first great discoveries of 2009. Standout cuts: ‘Never Run,’ ‘Come Out Wherever You Are,’ ‘We’re Coming For You Anyway’ and ‘The First Sign.'”
—D. Renville, This Is Just A Modern Rock Blog