Matt Freed turning knobs, live on KEXP @ Bumbershoot
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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is â€œPretty Voiceâ€ by Cloud Cult from the 2007 release The Meaning of 8, available on Earthology Records.
Cloud Cult – Pretty Voice (MP3)
As a musician and earth science major, Craig Minowa created Cloud Cult with the intention of combining the two interests. After seven albums in nine years, most of which were self-produced in a studio utilizing recycled materials, it is safe to say Minowaâ€™s mission has been a success. Check out our previous post for more on Cloud Cultâ€™s environmentalism. Often driven by philosophy and religion, the latest album takes a look at mortality, the afterlife, and what it all means on an everyday level. While much of the album was again produced in Minowaâ€™s studio, the more advanced technology at bass player Matt Freedâ€™s was used to flesh out several tracks.
With each new release, the cult following of Cloud Cult grows. Theyâ€™re already on the bill for this yearâ€™s KEXP BBQ, and the inaugural Monolith Music Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For those who havenâ€™t seen a Cloud Cult show before, put them on your calendar. Besides the music, their live shows feature a projector show and two interpretative painters, one of whom is Craigâ€™s wife, Connie Minowa. Check out their MySpace page for tracks off The Meaning of 8 and their highly acclaimed previous release, Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus. But before you go, check out this video of â€œChemicals Collide,â€ live at the Knitting Factory in NYC.