Ears Wide Open: Coastal Clouds

Coastal Clouds
Coastal Clouds

Coastal Clouds has a song on the new “Nothing to Hide” EP titled “Bottle of Sunshine,” and that’s a good indicator of what you’re getting in this four-song vessel: blue skies. Coastal Clouds is the solo project of Florida native Roberto “Berto” Rodriguez, who moved to L.A. about six years ago and spent some time living out of his car in Venice as he embarked on his songwriting career. There’s nothing overcast about the guitar tones on the EP, which was released last month — “Wanna Come Down” sounds like it belongs on an ’80s John Hughes soundtrack, as if Simple Minds covered a Tom Petty song. “Slow Rider” leans toward the softer side of California Country, and when you pop the cork on “Bottle of Sunshine” you can almost see the couples gliding leisurely down the boardwalk at the beach.

||| Stream: The “Nothing to Hide” EP here

||| Live: Coastal Clouds performs a free show Aug. 1 at the Satellite. Info.