When thinking of alternative music artists who have surfaced from Australia of late, one ensemble immediately springs to mind.
The Temper Trap rose to international success from down under after their haunting single ‘Sweet Disposition’ was chosen to accompany the trailer of indie film triumph (500) Days of Summer in 2009. Now threatening to steal the band’s spotlight is Australian four-piece Cloud Control, whose debut album Bliss Release is brimming with hand-clapping vocal harmonies and managed to swiftly scoop up the Australian Music Prize earlier this year, only months after its release.
Written just outside Sydney among the lush valleys of the Blue Mountains, the album resonates with the serenity of the region, but not without injecting upbeat chord progressions into a fury of flawless percussion. Singer Alister Wright’s lilting vocals propel you to soaring heights on tracks like ‘Death Cloud’, only to drop you in a haze of psychedelic instrumentation, while during the anthemic ‘There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight’ a helpless battle ensues between idle fingers and the repeat button.
Imagine the wistful crooning of Arcade Fire brightened by the sunny surf-pop of The Beach Boys and you’re close to reaching the lyrical grace of Cloud Control. Now add the earthy tones of folk group Fleet Foxes to the equation and you’re getting even warmer.
The band claim not to be as gentle in the flesh as they might sound on their debut LP, so expect a live act empowered by boot-stomping energy and swinging guitars, rather than wispy acoustics. That’s not to say that Cloud Control don’t have a soft side however, and it seems nothing can dampen their spirits after having experienced the European festival scene over the summer. Their elation will certainly shine through in their autumn tour across the continent.
October 15th, 2011. Sala BeCool