Originally hailing from Australia’s Blue Mountains, the quartet of Cloud Control, consisting of Alistair Wright, Heidi Leffner, Ulrich Leffner, and Jermey Kelshaw, relocated to the UK. The band’s critically applauded debut effort, Bliss Release was psychedelic and strange but was primarily home recorded; however, their follow up, and sophomore effort, Dream Cave had the band retreating to the English countryside. Enlisting the assistance of engineer and producer Benny Bannicott, who has worked with the likes of Spiritualized, the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, the material is much more emotionally immediate and direct than before as it deals with the multitude of professional, relationship, and romantic hangups of lead singer singer Alistair Wright. Interestingly, the latest single from the new album, “Scar” reminds me quite a bit of the Stone Roses and the Jesus and Mary Chain – the track maintains a psychedelic bent as the keyboards twist and contort their chords around a gentle swirl of electronics, pretty four harmonies.
The new album will see a September 17th release through Votiv Records but before that, the band will be on a short North American tour which will include an August 8th stop at Glasslands, an August 5th stop at Mercury Lounge, as well as stops in San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA.