When Cloud Control moved back to Sydney in 2013, they were in many ways different than the band that had left. In the preceding two years, they had toured their Australian Music Prize–winning, ARIA-nominated first album Bliss Release to global acclaim, relocated to the UK, and released a second LP – Dream Cave – from their new home. But as they prepared to return to Australia at the end of a huge US tour, bassist Jeremy Kelshaw bowed out and suddenly, for the first time in nine years, Cloud Control had to find balance as a three-piece: Alister Wright, Heidi Lenffer, and Ulrich Lenffer. The trio found a new resolve, borne out of a decade of experience: their next record would be made in their own time, on their own terms, and it would sound exactly the way they wanted. It took three years to record Zone, but the band’s first self-produced LP is their most cohesive, complex, and personal release to date. There were setbacks – break-ins, break-ups, and communication breakdowns – but through it all there was a sense of freedom and growth. “It feels like a personal triumph,” Heidi Lenffer says.
Zone arrives September 1, and the album’s second advance single -“Zone (This is How It Feels)” – comprises everything Cloud Control can do. It’s profound but also flippant, euphoric but conceptual; spaced out layers of looped sounds and samples, with an anthemic, driving melody and an improvised monologue delivered by a friend.
“[‘Zone’ is] an ambitious song. It’s a thoroughly modern track, and a big advancement from the fun retro psych rock of their 2010-released debut album, Bliss Release.” -Under The Radar
“Captivating, moving, impossible to ignore.” -PopMatters
RIYL: Tame Impala, Methyl Ethel, Primal Scream, The Flaming Lips, Phoenix, San Cisco
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