Song of the Day: Cloud Cult – Pretty Voice

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. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Pretty Voice” 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 Minowa’s mission has been a success. Check out our previous post for more on Cloud Cult’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 Minowa’s studio, the more advanced technology at bass player Matt Freed’s was used to flesh out several tracks.

With each new release, the cult following of Cloud Cult grows. They’re already on the bill for this year’s KEXP BBQ, and the inaugural Monolith Music Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For those who haven’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 Craig’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 “Chemicals Collide,” live at the Knitting Factory in NYC.

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