Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Cloud Boat - Wanderlust/Dréan

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Later on this year, British duo Cloud Boat will be releasing their debut album, and going on what we've heard so far it could be one of the most original records of 2013. First though, there's the small matter of this double A-side single which is out this week. Can we draw any idea from these two songs as to what the full-length will sound like? Well, other than simply using the word "experimental", not really. 'Wanderlust' and 'Dréan' share little similarity themselves, except for the vocal and maybe a mysterious, nocturnal quality, part of this world but part of another one at the same time. They're wonderfully difficult to grasp.

It seems an unusual choice to plump for 'Wanderlust' as the first track. It's the most innovative for sure, but also the most abstract, beginning with a series of clicks, percussion, warped voices and guitar. It is a new form of soul? An offshoot of dubstep? Trip-hop? Experimental indie? Yes, yes, yes and yes. This strange concoction is all those things and it will probably confuse your brain at first. Hints of a more normal side to the pair's music can be found during the vocal breaks, and it's this side we see on the more straightforward 'Dréan'. Stripped down to just guitar and that soulful voice this may fit with convention more, but it still seems to belong in a different place than other similar acts. It's all a bit Jekyll & Hyde, so I guess we wait for the album then, with definite intrigue.

Cloud Boat's website

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Catch them live:

Mar 05 The Waiting Room, London, United Kingdom
Mar 06 Bulls Head, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 07 Trof Fallowfield, Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 09 Start The Bus, Bristol, United Kingdom
May 16 Various Brighton Venues ,Brighton, United Kingdom
May 29 The Lexington, London, United Kingdom

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