Gaz Cloud

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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

Kruger

Live Review: Monomyth vs Kruger, Old Man Lizard, The Day Of Locusts at The Unicorn, London. 23rd February, 2015

“Perhaps a longer set would have allowed for a greater dynamic range – simply adding this to Monomyth’s set could see them matching the premier league of post-rock bands for their live show,” by Gaz Cloud.

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M-Opus – 1975 Triptych

There’s been a lot of debate of late about how much of the new wave of progressive rock can be genuinely deemed “progressive”. Put that discussion to one side for 51 minutes and allow M-Opus to take your breath away, musically. By Gaz Cloud

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Interview: Kavus, Charlie & Josh from Knifeworld

‘If you’re not into time signatures, this isn’t the band for you’ – Gaz Cloud & Charlie Gardner talk to Kavus, Charlie & Josh from Knifeworld

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In The Presence of Wolves – Thalassas

It’s hard to argue with a band’s own categorisation but, whilst Thalassas is many things, progressive it is not. This could be said to be true of much “progressive metal”, but the technical leanings expressed here are all show. By Gaz Cloud

The War On Drugs

Live Review: The War On Drugs and Amen Dunes at The Brighton Dome. 22nd February, 2015

“Make no mistake: The War On Drugs are one of the most conventional bands you’re likely to hear. The appeal lies in the nuances, and live their sound is even more nuanced than on their carefully constructed studio albums,” – By Gaz Cloud.

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The Orb – History of the Future Part 2

History Of The Future Part 2 shows off The Orb as national treasures: one of the most consistently surprising and delightful acts out there. By Gaz Cloud

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Live Review: Chris & Cosey and Nisennenmondai at Heaven, London. 15th February, 2015

The pair end their set and this chapter of their illustrious career with Coolicon, a Carter Tutti track. Although nearly two years old now, this sounds more dangerous and immediate than anything in the preceding hour. It’s a thrilling end to a somewhat workman-like show from the legends and bodes well for their forthcoming album – the future is bright for Carter Tutti. By Gaz Cloud

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Beachers – Cracks

Worthington uses tracks like chapters, a more conventional structural approach that belies the aesthetic otherness of the material. By Gaz Cloud

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Hypnus Records – Zodiac

The compilation ends with a reworking of a track from Luigi’s own Deep Blue EP, arguably the label’s best release to date. Edit Select adds a dark, brooding yet somehow housey vibe to ‘Sub-Photic Zone’. It’s a stunning end to a compilation that makes a compelling case for falling under the spell of the Hypnus “adepts”. By Gaz Cloud

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Live: AK/DK, Written In Waters, Rumour Cubes, Birdman Culture and The Slow Revolt at The Good Ship. 31st January, 2015

The Good Ship in Kilburn, a bastion of North West London’s indie scene, hosted three consecutive nights of Independent Venue Week this year, with Rumour Cubes joining AK/DK and a wealth of other talent for the venue’s personal culmination of the festival, on a bill put together by post-rock record label and promoters Nice Weather For Airstrikes. By Gaz Cloud

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Snow Ghosts – A Wrecking

It’s this haunting emptiness that makes Snow Ghosts an appealing proposition. One only hopes that this isn’t lost as the trio hone and develop their sound. On A Wrecking, Snow Ghosts have the balance between the experimental and the conventional just about right. By Gaz Cloud

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In Memoriam: Edgar Froese

It is not often that we are moved to post an obituary here on Echoes And Dust but then it is not often that an artist passes away that has had such a palpable influence on so much of the music we love. Here, Gaz Cloud gives a personal reflection on the loss of one of the Twentieth Century’s most important musicians.

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Parra For Cuva – Majouré

The album closes with Your Remains, pairing a ‘cello and buzzing synth alongside a stuttering breakbeat. It’s a chaotic and cathartic close to a fine album, albeit one with as many troughs as peaks. By Gaz Cloud

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Darren Hayman – Chants for Socialists

Hayman’s best work has always been based on what’s left unsaid. When questioned about the source material, Hayman replied “I think we are in troubled times. I regard these as useful lyrics.”…this is not a co-option of left-wing ideas to simply benefit the artist; but a heartfelt, tender release. By Gaz Cloud

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The Anchoress – One For Sorrow

Long Year displays a lot of promise for The Anchoress, but as an EP, One For Sorrow doesn’t feel like the finished article. Hopefully it’s a stepping stone en route to grander things for Davis and Draper. By Gaz Cloud

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Andy Jackson – Signal To Noise

Noise is technically the degradation of an otherwise clean transmission. By this definition, there’s a lot more signal than noise present on this accomplished album. By Gaz Cloud

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Neal Morse – Songs From November

On the strength of Songs From November, it would be unfair to dismiss Morse as a songwriter and it’s a real shame the ideal audience for this material will surely never hear the work. Ardent prog fans, on the other hand, will come away from the collection disappointed. – By Gaz Cloud

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Kaipa – Sattyg

Kaipa are not for everyone, but if the idea of medieval progressive rock appeals, you won’t find a finer or more original take on the sub-genre than that presented here. – By Gaz Cloud

UPF

United Progressive Fraternity – Fall In Love With The World

UPF is a great musical testament to the member’s talents. It’s a shame that such wonderfully imaginative music is often led astray by meandering, hard to decipher lyrical content. – By Gaz Cloud

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BJM Mario Bajardi – Inverse EP

BJM Mario Bajardi’s interlocking patterns and fascinating layers defy easy categorisation. This is unique music, produced with finesse. By Gaz Cloud

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Lachrylic – Sensory Overdub

Bowditch has created an intriguing and experimental work that quietly demands your attention and unfolds its beauty upon repeated plays. By Gaz Cloud

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