It’s been awhile since we’ve done an album review, so it took an album that completely blindsided me to get that blood flowing again and I think I found that in The Seeker. I can’t believe Cloud Cult has released NINE albums before this one and yet they’ve been a tiny blip on my radar. That changed after listening to The Seeker. I now find myself binge listening through the entire discography. To even attempt to place Cloud Cult into a genre is impossible. This is simply an album to listen to when you just want to melt away from the real world and enter Craig Minowas’ little world he has created just for you.
I have been listening to “To the Great Unknown” on repeat and it just keeps resonating with me. “No Hell” is supposed to be the standout track on the album and it sure does deliver. The rhythmic buildup between hooks and verses. The sudden pull away from what you think you’re going to hear next. It all follows suit with the albums overall message of Life, as portrayed in the accompanying movie by the same name that this album provides the soundtrack to. The movie follows a girl from birth to adulthood, this album connects the dots for you. I have not seen the movie, but as a fan of How I Met Your Mother, I look forward to seeing Josh Radnor play the lead.
But seriously, this album is one of those that make you take a step back and look at yourself. It’s an absolute soul searcher. The lyric that perhaps grabbed me the deepest was from “Time Machine Invention”; We’ll just keep going forwards/with no need for going back. And oh look, they’re touring right now too!. Buy the album, go to the shows, embrace this rare gem of a band and appreciate the gift of life and music.
Cloud Cult Confirmed 2016 US Tour Dates:
April 3rd at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL
April 6th at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
April 7th at The Foundry @ The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
April 8th at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY
April 9th at The Sinclair in Boston, MA
April 16th at Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO
April 17th at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
April 19th at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA
April 20th at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA
April 22nd at The Neptune in Seattle, WA
April 23rd at Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR
May 29th at Revival Fest in Clark’s Grove, MN