Cloud Control’s new album was recorded inside a cave, and not the metaphorical kind.
Joy Division did it on the roof, Radiohead did it in a medieval mansion, and now Cloud Control can add their name to the list of artists who've recorded in strange places. Their sophomore release, 'Dream Cave', was partly recorded during a subterranean adventure that, according to singer Alister Wright, was influenced by a track on the album.
“There's a song on the album called 'Dream Cave' so I guess the inspiration to record in a cave came from that song and the desire to record somewhere different that sounded naturally really nice as well … it's a little bit like singing in the shower but the reverb is longer. It sounds pretty magical.”
When he's not exploring rocky hollows, Wright still has speleology (the scientific study of caves) on the brain.
“I was listening to a lot of Roy Orbison and I had this thought of him being trapped in a cave ... what it would be like if he was trapped in a cave for 20 years like Gollum and ended up going crazy? And then I thought 'what kind of song would he write?' and I tried to write that.”
The album's due for release next month, but the debut single, 'Dojo Rising', has been unleashed.
“We just thought it was a good song to show what we've been up to because in some ways it's pretty similar to our old stuff but it's pretty different as well. We didn't want to completely alienate anyone so we thought it was a good mix of our old and new vibes … [on the album] we took the approach of mixing a lot of different things together and being more free with our palette than last time.”
Cloud Control play Splendour In The Grass Jul 26-28. They also have headline shows at the Cooly Hotel Aug 22, Tivoli Aug 23 and Kings Beach Tavern Aug 24. ‘Dream Cave’ is released Aug 9.