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Bliss Release [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (30 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B004UMLYPE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why)
  2. There's Nothing in the Water We Can't Fight
  3. Death Cloud
  4. Ghost Story
  5. Gold Canary
  6. This Is What I Said
  7. Just for Now
  8. The Rolling Stones
  9. Hollow Drums
  10. My Fear #1

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BBC Review

Are other countries' equivalents of the Mercury Prize just as potentially poisonous as our version (what with the decline of Gomez, the difficult drama of Klaxons, and the recent fall from universal critical acclaim of Elbow)? If so, we probably ought to be terribly concerned for nearly-Sydney foursome Cloud Control. This record won Australia's version, which hasn't exactly led to international recognition for predecessors such as... any of them, really.

But there are plenty of reasons why this lot could buck the trend. First and foremost, they're an absolute delight vocally, with the cavernously adventuring holler of Alister Wright marrying with the gentle strength of Heidi Lenffer to a degree that suggests the often-tough-to-live-up-to pairing of Alan and Mimi in Low (but in slightly more of a hurry, obviously). There's also a curious sense of space to the bulk of Bliss Release; it may seem somewhat absurd to suggest that growing up in a mountainous area has imprinted heavily on their work, but there are repeated passages of campfire hauntings, dusky repetition and expeditionary motion that imbue it with almost-otherworldly implications.

Beyond these consistent threads, however, lies a tremendous surfeit of ideas. It’s as if, having agreed on fundamental themes, the band decided there ought to be room for everything they've ever enjoyed. The results certainly come across as the work of individuals with impressive record collections who, best of all, have understood the appeal of them. Anyone who's witnessed opener Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why) live, for instance, will be aware of the terrific sing-along capacity of its oddly bullroarer-like sections, and the fact that it lurches uninterruptedly into The Last Broadcast-era Dovesisms of There's Nothing in the Water We Can't Fight is both impelling and intriguing. Elsewhere, This Is What I Said is The Flaming Lips' Yeah Yeah Yeah Song filtered through the excitable ears of The Drums – which is how you might've expected Hollow Drums to sound, but no: that's actually thrillingly sparse, country-speckled picture-box acoustica.

And if that wasn’t adorable enough, they've struck a vein of sonic precious metal on the album's centrepiece, Gold Canary. Sidling in on an array of claps, whoops and archaic chanting, it sets its stall as wide as the most wandering of Americana before a sudden bass breakdown leads it into an abundance of Mellotrons and jangles. Essentially, this is some of the most consistent songwriting to come from Australia since the loss of The Go-Betweens, and some of the most arcane performing available anywhere outside of Arcade Fire. The prospects of Cloud Control storming the charts, then, would actually seem thunderously fine.

--Iain Moffatt

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Format: Audio CD
Cloud Control (like The Jezabels) are one of a batch of Oz groups now emerging with some arresting new sounds. They seem to call up the 60s sunshine folk pop groups (ala The Sunshine Company) but with a modern edge. Opening 'Meditation Song #2' shows the clear controlled voice of Alister Wright backed up with Heidi Lenffer with those sunny qualities plus there's also a mid 90s Kula Shaker droning Indian/Aboriginal feeling. 'There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight' (also available on 7" vinyl) is one of the best pieces heard this year laden with wonderous harmonies. 'Ghost Story' acts as a fine progression & one wonders if CC have heard that brilliant 1969 LP by Jerry Yester & Judy Henske called 'Farewell Aldebaran'. 4th track 'Gold Canary' has a south sea islands feel & is perhaps the most catchy here. More fine song writing & beautiful harmonies follow via 'This Is What I Said'; acoustic guitar strums summon forth the bright 'Just for Now' (Mamas & Papasesque) with 'The Rolling Stones', 'Hollow Drums', 'My Fear #2', 'Beast of Love' continuing a high on what is a pretty & excellent outing. (Footnote: In fact this review is from the Aussie version which has a slightly different track listing to the UK & USA releases...not on the Aussie release 'Death Cloud' is found at track 3 with 'Ghost Story' etc all moving further back down in the running track order but then unfortunately out goes Aussie track 10 the fine Beach House like 'Beast of Love'.)
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I've been burned before, hearing a good song on Radcliffe and Maconie or the Lamacq show thinking, well, it's cheap, if the album's naff it won't matter that much. I bought this after hearing Gold Canary and thinking it sounded very blissed out, laid-back, somewhat psychedelic, but that's track 5, and after listening to just the first couple of tracks on this album I sat up sharply and took notice and even before track 5 came around I was astounded. And then after Gold Canary they hit you with 'This Is What I Said' for good measure.

Look, this album is vital, it's vibrant, it's stunning, I can't keep their melodies out of my head. Ghost Story is probably my standout track but Every Single Track Is Excellent and you should buy this album! They deserve so much more recognition, and hopefully if they come back to the UK soon for another tour they'll get it. This is my album of the year so far, check them out on Youtube if you doubt me. Melodies and harmonies up the wazzoo, really great drumming, lovely songs. They deserve much more success and if they carry on making songs of this calibre it won't take long for them to achieve it. Now if you'll excuse me I have to play it some more :)
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I've only just discovered this truly talented Aussie group and I feel like I've wasted the last 2 years of my life not knowing this album was is existence!!

I've also purchased the second album 'Dream Cave' released in the UK Sept 2013..

Get this album and the new one downloaded and treat your ears! You won't be disappointed!
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LOVE this album !!! A perfect mix of gritty rock & gorgeous vocals and melodies ...
Favourite album for 2011 so far
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