Gaz Cloud

twitter

Music has always been my whole life – from the age of 5 and my love for Simon and Garfunkel, through discovering Prince and my awakening sexuality at 11, the intellectual stimulation of ambient aged 12, the illicit thrill of acid house at 13, the delight of London’s glam indie scene in my early 20s, right through to this week’s latest promo, club gig or vinyl trawl. Discovering new music is a passion I’m keen to share with others, be it through writing, broadcasting or DJing.

I’m one half of Cloud & Owl, an organic electronic duo who create music that mixes earthy beats and airy soundscapes. Alongside our passion for producing music, we’re also DJs and broadcasters, equally at home rocking a dancefloor with esoteric techno as we are introducing audiences to alternative sounds via online radio. I love to collaborate, and can often be found playing violin and/or bass guitar with other acts, from the industrial psychedelia of Patricide to a host of guitar bands. I joined Echoes and Dust to write about the music I love, with a focus on electronica and progressive rock music.

 

 

Articles by Gaz Cloud

the-orb-press-photo1

The Orb

The Orb’s risk-taking approach to live performance surely loses the band fans from time to time. This evening, it’s safe to say that the band have converted more curious onlookers than they’ve disappointed fans favouring a more conservative strategy.

a3308054107_101

MonkeyTrial – Comma5

MonkeyTrial make spacey, ambient electronica with guitars interwoven into their sound… a far cry from ambient music’s more experimental offerings, instead offering rhythm and harmony as key components of a dynamic sound.

Jose Macabra

Echoes of the Future: Jose Macabra

Gaz Cloud gives us an introduction to the weird and wonderful world of techno experimentalist Jose Macabra.

paul_draper_-_ep1

Paul Draper – EP One

Draper can and will do better. Here, it seems the EP’s running time is an obstacle to be surmounted. Draper is here, bereft of ideas. It is inevitable that the album will amount to more than this taster, and here’s hoping that Steven Wilson’s involvement on that record is more emphatic than on this one. What we have here is a fine EP, just one that further underlines that Six was a one-off, whose creator doesn’t understand its own genius. By Gaz Cloud

Mercury Rev

Live Review: Mercury Rev – Oval Space, London

“The band are masters of illusion – capable of creating powerful, mesmeric soundscapes without ever losing the human touch that made them so appealing in the first place,” by Gaz Cloud.

Von_Hertzen_Bros

HRH Prog 2016 Preview: Von Hertzen Bros

Ahead of this year’s HRH Prog festival, which starts on Thursday, we sent two of our resident progheads, Charlie Gardner & Gaz Cloud, out to talk to some of the bands on the bill. In this episode, they talk to Mikko Von Hertzen.

MESSENGER / Photographed on Blackheath Surrey by Rob Blackham / www.blackhamimages.com

HRH Prog 2016 Preview: Messenger

Ahead of this year’s HRH Prog festival, which starts on Thursday, we sent two of our resident progheads, Charlie Gardner & Gaz Cloud, out to talk to some of the bands on the bill. In this episode, they talk to Jaime Gomez Arellano from Messenger.

EYE-Band Portrait-Hi-res-1

HRH Prog 2016 Preview: Empty Yard Experiment

Ahead of this year’s HRH Prog festival, which starts on Thursday, we sent two of our resident progheads, Charlie Gardner & Gaz Cloud, out to talk to some of the bands on the bill. In this episode, they talk to Bojan Preradovic from EYE.

Caravan_pressphotos2013-1-624x414

HRH Prog 2016 Preview: Caravan

Ahead of this year’s HRH Prog festival, which starts on Thursday, we sent two of our resident progheads, Charlie Gardner & Gaz Cloud, out to talk to some of the bands on the bill. In this episode, they talk to Pye Hastings from Caravan.

theo07a

HRH Prog 2016 Preview: Soft Machine

Ahead of this year’s HRH Prog festival, which starts on Thursday, we sent two of our resident progheads, Charlie Gardner & Gaz Cloud, out to talk to some of the bands on the bill. In this episode, they talk to Theo Travis from the legendary Soft Machine.

TFATD4

HRH Prog 2016 Preview: The Fierce And The Dead

Ahead of this year’s HRH Prog festival, which starts on Thursday, we sent two of our resident progheads, Charlie Gardner & Gaz Cloud, out to talk to some of the bands on the bill. In this episode, they talk to bass demon and Honey Monster look-a-like, Kevin Feazey, of The Fierce And The Dead.

crazy_world_of_arthur_brown_(credit_ Clemens Mitscher)

HRH Prog 2016 Preview: Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Ahead of this year’s HRH Prog festival, which starts on Thursday, we sent two of our resident progheads, Charlie Gardner & Gaz Cloud, out to talk to some of the bands on the bill. In this first episode, they talk to the legend that is Arthur Brown.

Anathema_A Sort of Homecoming

Anathema – A Sort Of Homecoming

Only a hardened cynic would fail to recognise ‘A Sort Of Homecoming’ as not just a fine addition to Anathema’s catalogue, but as a sublime live album of the very highest calibre. – By Gaz Cloud

nad-sylvan-courting-the-widow4

Nad Sylvan – Courting the Widow

The whole album is a fitting tribute to Genesis, of course, as the band never stood still, and one hopes their fans still favour conceptual innovation over faithful recreations of their hero’s original ideas. – By Gaz Cloud

Mew + -

Mew – +-

With any luck, the newly emerged demographic for Mew’s music will devour this album and its success will prompt a legion of neo progressive converts to investigate their brilliant back catalogue. By Gaz Cloud

Bass&Drums_web

Interview: Agent

Gaz Cloud caught up with the London-based New Zealand rock band Agent after a sweaty, successful show at Camden’s Barfly.

The Dystopian Project – Death Leaves an Echo

The Dystopian Project – Death Leaves an Echo

On the basis of this promising, polished release, the group deserve an opportunity to pursue this project and deliver an album that expands on the themes explored herein. – By Gaz Cloud

API2_crop2_web

Interview: Anna Phoebe

Anna Phoebe is a violinist unlike any other you’ve heard. Her long career has already seen her graduate from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and perform as a session musician with a host of famous names. Echoes and Dust caught up with Anna and the boys for an in depth chat, covering everything from insights into their compositional process through to an exclusive on the future for Jurojin. By Gaz Cloud

hrh-prog-poster

Festival Review: HRH Prog 3

Last March Gaz Cloud went to the stunning location of Hafan y Môr to witness a variety of prog artists play at the HRH Prog 3 festival. With pictures by Charlie Gardner.

Underworld

Live Review: Underworld & The Warm Up DJs – Hammersmith Apollo, London. 6th March, 2015

“No attempt is made to bolster the piece with additional beats, and it’s truly surreal to watch a crowd of fully grown men and women jumping around to such a strange and emotive piece of music,” by Gaz Cloud.

Ulrich Schnauss

Live Review: Ulrich Schnauss & Picture Palace Music – Oslo, Hackney. 27th February, 2015

“Full of light and shade, Ulrich is never afraid to bring forward proud major triads; this is a trip to enjoy, not endure,” by Gaz Cloud.

Pin It on Pinterest