I've been listening to Cloud Cult since they released Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus and I had no idea they hailed from Minnesota. There's something so placeless about the whimsy of their sound that it never occurred to me they were Midwestern bred. Creative helmsman Craig Minowa has stated that he doesn't pay attention to current indie rock so it's no surprise that Cloud Cult's sound takes up a lot of space, unfettered by trends. You can hear some Elephant 6 style psychedelic influences and there are similarities to mid-aughts contemporaries the Unicorns, but on the whole Cloud Cult occupies their own place among the fractured madness of today's music scene. Minowa has been incredibly prolific over the past decade, generating album after album filled with perfectly rough-edged pop tracks. He tours with a great assembly of folks to bring these creations to life in real-time, often filling stages with all sorts of instruments to awaken the variety of sounds Cloud Cult likes to work with.
Cloud Cult will be stopping by Chicago as part of a tour in support of their latest album, Light Chasers. Catch them at Metro on tonight, December 10th, at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8). Minnesota's Dark Dark Dark and Ben Weaver will also be along for the ride. Tickets are $15 in advance and available here.
Watch Cloud Cult perform Today "We Give Ourselves to the Fire" on Seattle's KEXP below: