In February when we introduced Majical Cloudz to the pages of this blog, we also hinted at a forthcoming longplayer this Spring. Today we’re excited to share the details of ‘Impersonator‘, their first for Matador and one of the most stirring new albums we’ve heard in recent times. On May 21 (May 27, ex-North America) the album will be available in stores — Below you’ll find some new music & Majical Cloudz’ full worldwide live dates including a tour with Youth Lagoon & European dates.
In follow up to the previous-released “Turns, Turns, Turns”, listen to and download “Childhood’s End” right now
Childhood’s End (192 kbps mp3)
Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh explains of ‘Impersonator’
In the last few years there’s been a massive explosion of amazing music made with computers, samplers and other electronic equipment. The possibilities became nearly endless and musicians indulged those possibilities. I love that kind of music but it also started to overwhelm me. I wasn’t cut out for the maximalist expressions of that style. So I took a break from music, and when I started again it was to make music that barely existed and felt like stillness more than movement. Where the songs could be more about humanness. I love all forms of electronic music, techno, house, rave, hip-hop, but I never want to feel like
the music I’m making is just about stylistic play. The easiest way for me to do that is try to make something without obvious movement; where the music isn’t overstuffed sonically or referentially, it’s emptied out as much as possible. So the vision for Impersonator was to communicate a lot with as little as possible. It’s not meant to energize and turn you out to the world, it’s meant to do the opposite; it’s more like a cocoon.
‘Impersonator”s expressive power and swagger belie its extremely minimal music. These are intensely lyrical songs about death, patience, family, friendship, and desire, with Welsh’s rich vocals atop Matthew Otto Kolaitis’ quiet looped waves of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds.
This Spring, Majical Cloudz will be touring with Youth Lagoon in North America & a few headlining dates in Europe.
Tue 4/16 London, UK White Heat @ Madame Jojos
Wed 4/17 London, UK Electrowerkz (with Autre Ne Veut)
Fri 4/19 Paris, FR Espace B
Wed 4/24 Austin TX The Mohawk* (TICKETS)
Thu 4/25 Dallas TX The Loft* (TICKETS)
Friday 4/26 Houston TX Fitzgeralds* (TICKETS)
Sat 4/27 New Orleans LA One Eyed Jacks* (TICKETS)
Sun 4/28 Birmingham AL Bottletree* (TICKETS)
Tue 4/30 Orlando, FL The Social (TICKETS)
Wed 5/1 Atlanta GA Terminal West* (TICKETS)
Fri 5/3 Asheville NC Grey Eagle Tavern* (TICKETS)
Sat 5/4 Carroboro NC Cats Cradle* (TICKETS)
Tue 5/7 Northampton MA Pearl Street Nightclub* (TICKETS)
Wed 5/8 Hamden CT Spaceland* (TICKETS)
Fri 5/10 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer* (TICKETS)
Mon 5/13 Toronto ON The Great Hall* (TICKETS)
Tue 5/14 Columbus OH A&R Music Bar* (TICKETS)
Wed 5/15 Chicago IL Metro* (TICKETS)
Thu 5/16 Madison WI Majestic Theater* (TICKETS)
Fri 5/17 Minneapolis MN Fine Line Music Cafe* (TICKETS)
* with Youth Lagoon
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photo of Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh by Denis Nazarov