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cloud becomes your hand
a journey to the unknown
by: John McGovern - January 3, 2014

 



When listening to new bands, it is natural to look for sonic elements that help us to classify it - what they sound like, what "genre" they play. Here at "The Deli," we are guilty of that, but it's just a way to attempt to make sense of a gargantuan scene. Of course, picking genres often reduces a band's complexity to a simple category. So while it may be tempting, after an initial listen, to say that cloud becomes your hand sounds like some delightful concoction of early Animal Collective, Nintendo 64, acid, and jam music, there is, of course, more going on. Not that that concoction isn't an appropriate way to describe this band: It simply goes to show that no matter how hard we try to "box" some music inside a few words, the best stuff will invariably elude anybody's words, and will have to be experienced in person to be fully understood. So that's what you should do. Remove all the distractions and escape to the foreign, beautiful and strange world of cloud becomes your hand. It's not a coincidence that they make the familiarity of the natural and animal world (and, of course, our own world) seem so uncanny. Look out for their new album, due out on February 25, 2014.

There's been a resurgence of sixties sounding psych-influenced bands in recent years. Are there are any contemporary bands doing this sort of thing that you're into? Bands from the past you feel have helped shape your sound?

Bubbly Mommy Gun from Athens, GA are one of the most psychedelic, gooey marshmallow bands around these days. Actually, last spring I was down in Athens for a spell, and I recorded in their cool warehouse and recorded with some of Greg's wondrous keyboards and Mercer's harmonica collection. Bands from the past & helping - most important for me personally - is the Grateful Dead. (BTW, this is Stephe speaking for himself!)

A lot of band names are chosen for random reasons, or because it sounds cool, etc. But yours, whether it was intended to or not, matches the music pretty nicely. Any reason for the name?

The name comes from another project I'm in with Sam (MalletKAT) called Living Things that uses puppets and theatrical motives. We used to have a cloud puppet that made a curious oink-type sound, and I attempted to operate it without my hand being seen.

What's it like making psychedelic sounding music in NY? There's people running around trying to be Lou Reed or whoever, and then there's bands like you guys who come out of left field.

I feel a strong affinity with left field because I played baseball growing up. I'm actually still there in left field now - waiting. Its so amazing to share shows/ideas/recordings with people like Zach Phillips. He lived in the Brattleboro, VT area for a long time, but now he's running around Brooklyn trying to be Zach Phillips, who does he think he is?! Blanche Blanche Blanche is one of the most beautiful, strangest live bands I have seen in a long time.

Some of your songs sound like they were influenced by video game music?

Yes, you are correct! 8-bit Nintendo especially. All of Koji Kondo's work. Recently I was listening to "Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story" it's so emotional.

Is there any significance to the lower cased titles of your songs/releases (besides an affinity for E.E. Cummings)?

capital letters are annoying.

"The New Yorker" called you guys "kaleidoscopic." How does that feel?

I'm fine with being called that.
 



 
 
The name comes from another project I'm in with Sam (MalletKAT) called Living Things that uses puppets and theatrical motives. We used to have a cloud puppet that made a curious oink-type sound and I attempted to operate it without my hand being seen.


cloud becomes your hand
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what it is

kaleidoscopic, acid washed, blippy



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