What would a cave of dreams look like? Would it be a slipstream of thoughts and ideas? Or would it be a multi-layered inception-styled fantasy land? Perhaps it would be something completely different. Whatever the case, it should include Cloud Control. With their excellent reverb skills and funky guitar, this four-piece Aussie band from the Blue Mountains of Sydney, weave together intricate explorations into our minds. With their album ‘Dream Cave’ they are able to penetrate our (at times) rocky surfaces to reveal a smooth, soft texture of funk and alternative Dioxyribonucleic acid (but not acid rock).
In particular the song ‘Promises” – which happens to be drummer Jeremy Kelshaw’s favourite to perform – the gritty, echoed vocals of Alister Wright combines with the calm, cool and collected airiness of Heidi Lenffer to create ‘beautiful symmetry’. The addition of a female vocalist and keyboards to an otherwise standard alt-rock threepiece gives Cloud Control a kick towards the summit and they are taking it and flying sky high (okay, thats enough with the puns)
Cloud Control also isn’t afraid to elongate our sense of hearing. A couple of the songs – most notably the title track ‘Dream Cave’ and Tombstone are minor epics, coming in at 6:09 and 6:05 respectively. Their remixes of Dojo Rising (Specifically World’s End version) are an orgasmic smorgasbord of inter-galatic-like sounds – I could’ve sworn I heard a lightsaber in there – with at times minimal instrumentation, wild sounds effects, that manifests itself in a 23rd century Funk Party on Gallifrey. (On that note they should have Peter Capaldi star in their next music video).
Dream Cave is only their second album, but they are already on Cloud 9 with the number of high-profile bands they have had the fortune of playing with. These include Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Supergrass, The Magic Numbers, Yves Klein Blue, The Temper Trap, Last Dinosaurs, Local Natives and Weezer. Supergrass in particular gave the band their first break, as Cloud Control opened for them on one of their final tours. In addition they have been nominated for two ARIA Awards and won the Australian Music Prize in 2011. These funky folk can only soar higher from here.
Dream Cave was released August 9, 2013 on Ivy League Records (Australia), Infectious Music (UK/Europe) and Votiv (North America)
RIYL: Arcade Fire, Gold & Youth, Mute MAth, Rivers Cuomo