Cloud Castle Lake are a band like few others. If melding intricate arrangements with elements of post-rock, neo-classical orchestral lifts and jazz isn’t enough, Daniel McAuley’s falsetto, is one that is higher than the sun compared to others of its ilk.
Truly, a singular band, Cloud Castle Lake’s last output was scoring a ballet called Ballet Atha Cliath.
Now comes news that the four-piece’s long-in-gestation debut album via Bright Antenna Records is coming in 2018 and the band have released their most-fully realised track in a long time in ‘Twins’, an ambitious song with brass momentum and that falsetto swirling amidst the track.
The song was produced by Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey)
“Twins was initially about the way people present themselves online; declaring yourself part of a group, the need to prove yourself within it and the paranoid narcissism that goes with that. In the two years since writing it, it’s unexpectedly taken on a much more troubling and urgent meaning.” Explains the band’s lead-man/vocalist Daniel McAuley.
Cloud Castle Lake are Daniel McAuley, Brendan William Jenkinson, Rory O’Connor and Brendan Doherty.,
Ballet Átha Cliath is a new short dance performance film by Howard Jones, shot over the course of a day last August in Dublin featuring ballet choreographed by Irish ballerina Zoë Ashe-Browne and an original score composed by Cloud Castle Lake.
On August 16th, Cloud Castle Lake will play their soundtrack to the film live in The Sugar Club before plating their first live show in full in over a year with support from Davy Kehoe, who recently released a debut album on Wah Wah Wino.
Paper Trail Records who have released the likes of Clouds, Beach Moon/Peach Moon and manage Slow Skies have released a compilation called Thanks For Listening featuring a mix of Irish and International artists like Paddy Hanna, Katie Kim, Eddi Front, Samyel, Simon Bird, Meredith Graves and Cloud Castle Lake.
It was released over the weekend to coincide with World Mental Health Day and all proceeds go to Console.
After previewing their crescendo-reaching intricate new single ‘Glacier’, Cloud Castle Lake have revealed the song’s B-side ‘Turn Your Head’.
Daniel McAuley, Brendan Jenkinson and Rory O’Connor’s clear vision in creating grand cinematic arrangements from synths, percussion, guitar and voice is evident on the track, which moves gracefully without ever trying to peak.
Both songs are released on March 16th through Happy Valley. The band are on tour in the UK and Ireland in the next month.
Cloud Castle Lake Tour dates
Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds – 16th March 2015 Bristol, UK – Louisiana – 17th March 2015 Manchester, UK – Gulliver’s – 18th March 2015 London, UK – Electrowerkz – 19th March 2015 Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh – 26th March 2015 Dublin, Ireland – Workman’s Club – 27th March 2015 Limerick, Ireland – Kasbah Social Club – 28th March 2015 Live At Leeds, Leeds, UK- Venue TBC – 2nd May 2015
Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.
500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).
Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.
A Lazarus Soul Acrobat Affleck Arborist Atriums Benihana Benny smiles Brian Casey Buffalo Sunn Buffalo Woman Carriages Carried By Waves Cfit Ciaran Lavery Cloud Castle Lake Clu Codai Color Sound Columbia Mills Conor Walsh Contour Deaf Joe Dear Desert Death In The Sickroom Dogs Dott DVO Marvell Eamon bode Elaine Mai Elastic Sleep Elephant Eoin Dolan Fallen Rule Floor Staff Florence Olivier Frankenstein Bolts Galants Ghost Estates God Knows + mynameisjOhn Grim Hags Hare Squead Hauer Hawk His New Atlas Hugh Hick I have a tribe I’m Your Vinyl Imploded View Jet Setter Kobina Kormac little xs for eyes Liza Flume Low Sea Maija Sofia Maud in Cahoots Me & My Dog Me Auld Flower Meltybrains? Mere Moths MKAI moossmann Myles Manley Neon Atlas Old Hannah Otherkin Paddy Hanna Participant Planet Parade Princess Red Queen Contest Replete Satori Je Silences Sisters Skelocrats Sleep Mc Evox Somerville Spies Subplots Tell No Foxx The Academic The Bedroom The Black Sea Fleet The Boxing Plot The Clameens The Debutantes The Hard Ground The Late David Turpin The Loafing Heroes The Magpies The Pale The Run Ons The Shaker Hymn The Statics The Vincent(s) Tino Ras Val Normal Vann Music Voids Walpurgis Family Wild Promises Yes Cadets
The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.
After a couple of years of promise through shows of ambition, Cloud Castle Lake suddenly returned yesterday with news of an EP called Dandelion which is due on September 22nd on Happy Valley Records. The band are now a trio of Daniel McAuley, Brendan Jenkinson and Rory O’Connor.
I’d previously been critical of Daniel McAuley’s vocals on the I Am The Cosmos album, a production that was admirable but that has often felt trying (I still now waver from liking it to hating it).
On ‘Sync’, McAuley’s high falsetto has a more natural fit to his own band’s ornate arrangement (plus Cosmos’ Ross Turner on drums). The song grows from brass tones through percussive passages to a peak of rhythmic almost jazz-rock. It’s evidence that all that time spent being coy and shy with their material in the intervening years was definitely a good move, as while technically, the song is on their debut release, there is combined years of experience heard here.
The song is on iTunes and the EP can be pre-ordered. The band have live dates in London and Dublin:
Whelans, Dublin – Sat 20th September The Sebright Arms, London – Thurs 25th September
For the last two years, January has been brightened up by the appearance of Quompilation, a compilation from Quarter Inch Collective. The premise is simple: bands from Ireland cover their favourite music of the last year. That idea has led to great covers and odd juxtapositions: No Monster Club covering Jedward, Simon Bird covering Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ song from the film Drive, Cloud Castle Lake covering Kanye and Girl Band covering The Chemical Brothers.
For Quompilation #3, some of the same names are back; Girl Band tackle Blawan’s dark techno anthem ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’, Turning Down Sex go hell for leather on Dublin’s No Spill Blood. Ginola thrash up Katie Kim’s ‘Heavy Lightning’, Kathi Burke covers Frank Ocean, Spilly Walker take on Moodyman and as-featured last week, Cloud Castle Lake cover Jai Paul.
Listen to the whole thing below. A launch night in The Workman’s Club, Dublin happens this Friday February 1st featuring most of the 14 bands and the album will be available for download and cassette that date.
As growers go, Jai Paul’s ‘Jasmine’ was up there with the best of them in 2012. Cloud Castle Lake’s own version is a murkier take on the digi-funk of the original. It appears on the final release from Quarter Inch Collective – Quompliation #3 which features 14 Irsh bands covering their favourite songs of 2012. The compilation is out on February 1st on download and cassette and will feature covers from Girl Band, No Monster Club, Spilly Walker, Lemonada, Davy Kehoe, Flok, Ginola, G Kathi Burke,, Orquesta, Rhino Magic, Simon Bird, Turning Down Sex & The Wit Criteria.
A launch gig takes place on the first in The Workman’s Club, Dublin on February 1st. €10 with a cassette. You can pre-order the release here.
Quarter Inch’s Quompilation is back for #2 in the series of Irish artists covering their favourite songs of 2011. For my money, Volume 2 is a better collection of covers all round than Volume 1 there are some cracking versions. Cloud Castle Lake cover Jacques Greene’s ‘Another Girl’, No Monster Club do Jedward’s ‘Lipstick’ an amazing service, Logikparty rock the John Maus look, Girl Band take on The Chemical Brothers while The Ambience Affair tackle Metronomy.
Check out the full 11-track collection of songs. The launch night takes place this Friday night in Crawdaddy with live sets from The Ambience Affair, Cloud Castle Lake, No Monster Club, Simon Bird, Girl Band, Ginola, Turning Down Sex and Rhino Magic. The compilation is available on cassette. More details at Quarter Inch.