Majical Cloudz is a collaborative effort between Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto. A lot of the duo’s early material was written as Welsh moved from rural Ontario to Montreal. Their sound is rooted around Welsh’s somber, mournful baritone and haunting synths. Although the thematic concerns of their material is heavy – death, lust, family, and the like – the lyrics have a personal, confessional feel, as though Welsh is singing his sad and broken heart directly (and only) to you. “What That Was” is the latest single from the band’s critically acclaimed effort, Turns, Turns, Turns which Arbutus Records released late last year.
Somehow, the track reminds me quite a bit of the Smiths, if they had decided to go New Wave. Check it out, it’s a song that has grown on me.