Dublin-based four piece Cloud Castle Lake make beguiling, complicated and bold compositions. They share a common ambition to push the lens of live performance wider, to go outside the constrictions set by genres, and to explore beyond traditional sonic structures.
The band named themselves Cloud Castle Lake after a Vladimir Nabokov short story – a tale about a voyager who finds a place so beautiful he wants to spend the rest of his life there, but is cruelly dragged back to reality. Similarly, Cloud Castle Lake’s music juxtaposes lyrical darkness and despair with an almost euphoric catharsis. Newest recruit – drummer Brendan Doherty (22) – joined the band only two years ago, and has been instrumental in evolving their sound from the post-rock leanings of their 2014 debut LP ‘Dandelion’ to something far more jazz-inflected, electronic and liberated on their forthcoming follow-up album, which itself draws on different influences, and American jazz composers such as Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders.
With a tour of America upcoming, this is a chance to see the band perform in an intimate setting before they leave.
“Cloud Castle Lake are the extremely rare case where a band incorporates not just the vocals and the rhythmic vibrancy, but also the pioneering spirit.”Pitchfork