Cloud Control - There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight (Infectious Records)
Natalie Salvo | Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Expect to hear a lot more from Cloud Control in coming months/years. The band are recent recipients of the Australian Music Prize for their debut album, Bliss Release. Originally from the Blue Mountains, the group are about to bid farewell to their native Oz before relocating to Europe to "crack it overseas".
Their new single (a follow-up to their radio hit 'Gold Canary') comes via two album cuts, 'There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight' and B-side, 'Hollow Drums'. The title track (which is included here in both a radio edit and full version) is all about hippie light as singer/guitarist, Alister Wright asks for Mama Ganga to "Take me higher". He is accompanied by a soundtrack that is like a cross between a particularly upbeat Vampire Weekend anthem, some African tribal harmonies, church bells and shiny happy people clapping along.
The songs are basically shiny pop designed to get you spirit soaring, however the second song is more of a slow-burner. This is a soft acoustic number as fine as angel hair. Here, Wright is joined by his keyboard playing bandmate, Heidi Lenffer whose vocals provide a sweet compliment and a delightful feminine touch. In short, Cloud Control are basically sensitive new age types producing the perfect music to yodel from mountaintops.