Album Review: Cloud Control – ‘Bliss Release’

Not quite reaching the high expectations, an enjoyable passer by none the less

[a]Cloud Control[/a] come to us having won last year’s Australian equivalent of the Mercury Prize, which, in a year that also produced [a]Tame Impala[/a]’s ‘Innerspeaker’, is high praise indeed. The likes of the shimmering, Chills-y gloom of ‘My Fear #2’ and the wailed prophecy of ‘There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight’ more than justify the gong.

Elsewhere, their magpie eye for blending folk, post-punk guitar runs and The Big Music can outrun their ability to get to the point, and a compensating layer of grave seriousness comes across as merely dull. On a scale of [a]Speech Debelle[/a] to [a]Klaxons[/a], they’re more towards the Gomez end of the list. Definitely loveable. Largely inessential.

Gavin Haynes

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