photo by Chona Kasinger
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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Ghost Inside Our House by Cloud Cult from the 2008 album Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-partying Through Tornadoes) on Earthology.
Following last year’s brilliant and expansive The Meaning of 8, Minnesota’s Cloud Cult return with Feel Good Ghosts, their most densely orchestrated album to date. Alongside the arrangements growing complexity, frontman Craig Minowa has taken to adding more vocal treatments and altering his delivery, all the while maintaining his boyish and heartfelt sensibility. The band’s heady mix of electronica with folk-, art- and pysch-rock has gained them a cult following over the past few years. Parallel to that success is the band’s much talked about recording processes and approach to touring. Every human being is considered in the making of a Cloud Cult album. The albums are self-released using all recycled materials and all carbon emissions from their tours are accounted for through carbon credits and planting trees. This model of doing business in the music industry has recently spread to other artists and even entire festivals. As there are currently rumors of a serious break following the Cloud Cult’s 2008 tour plans, be sure to check them out somewhere along the way. They’re currently making their way down the East Coast, and they’ll be in Seattle at Neumos on May 9th and in Portland at the Doug Fir on May 10th. Dates are available on their MySpace page. This Fall, a feature-length documentary covering the entirety of the band’s history is expected. For now, take in this unofficial yet very enjoyable video for
When Water Comes to Life: