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Majical Cloudz will be on KEXP today

By Robby on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Following the yesterday’s release of ‘Impersonator‘, Majical Cloudz will appear in session at KEXP’s Cutting Room Studios at 12:30pm EST/9:30 PST. Tune in at KEXP.org

‘Impersonator’ is available  now on all formats at the Matador store & digitally on iTunes.

*photo lifted from maryanne67‘s flickr

Listen to Majical Cloudz ‘Impersonator’ in full now

By Robby on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013


Pitchfork are hosting an Adavance listen of Majical Cloudz LP ‘Impersonator‘ a week ahead of its North American release (out May 27 elsewhere). Dig in and immerse yourself into this album, which Stereogum calls “equally heartwrenching and deeply unnerving..a walloping listen” – if you added the word essential to those adjectives, we’d have to agree.

Click HERE to listen.

 

Majical Cloudz have a few dates upcoming, including an release show in Brooklyn next week, FREE in-stores & dates with Grizzly Bear. We’ll have a lot more confirms shortly.

Until then, enjoy Impersonator.
Wed 5/15 Chicago, IL — Permanent Records 4pm FREE
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro (w/ Youth Lagoon
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater (w/ Youth Lagoon)
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe (w/ Youth Lagoon)

Mon 5/20 Manhattan, NY — Other Music 8pm FREE
Tue 5/21 Brooklyn, NY — GLASSLANDS ‘Impersonator’ release show TICKETS

Tue 6/18 Miami Beach, FL  – The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason (w/ Grizzly Bear)
Wed 6/18 Tampa, FL — The Ritz Ybor (w/ Grizzly Bear)

Fri 8/2 Montreal, QC — Osheaga Festival
Sat 9/7 Raleigh, NC — Hopscotch Music Festival

 

‘Impersonator’ is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador storeiTunes.

 

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Majical Cloudz on tour now, will perform at Other Music in NYC

By Robby on Thursday, May 9th, 2013

In addition to the aforementioned release event for their Impersonator LP at Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery, Majical Cloudz are also set to play a free in-store at Manhattan’s Other Music on Monday May 20 at 8pm.

Majical Cloudz’ tour with Youth Lagoon soldiers on, earning plaudits along the way. And don’t forget to check out “Bugs Don’t Buzz“, which Pitchfork called “beautifully spartan and abandoned music“, and, pre-order ‘Impersonator’ now.

 

Thurs 5/9 Brooklyn NY The Bell House*
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer*
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall*
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar*
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro*
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater*
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe*
Tue 5/21 Brooklyn, NY May 21 — ‘Impersonator’ release show

* with Youth Lagoon

 

photo lifted without permission from giulia_balducci‘s flickr.

Majical Cloudz “Bugs Don’t Buzz”

By Robby on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Bugs Don’t Buzz” is one of the many highlights of Majical Cloudz album ‘Impersonator‘  & and the band’s live show (which are happening right now!). Based around a single, looped piano progression, the song’s striking simplicity is one of those many secrets behind what makes Majical Cloudz so evocative.

Download: “Bugs Don’t Buzz” (192 kbps mp3)

Along with Majical Cloudz’ current tour with Youth Lagoon, they’ve added a few dates including an album release show in Broooklyn, which we’ll be revealing more info on soon. New dates below in bold.

Fri   5/3   Asheville CA      Grey Eagle Tavern*
Sat   5/4   Carroboro NC      Cats Cradle*
Tue   5/7   Northampton MA    Pearl Street Nightclub*
Wed   5/8   Hamden CT   The Space*
Thurs 5/9 Brooklyn NY The Bell House*
Fri   5/10  Philadelphia PA   Union Transfer*
Mon   5/13  Toronto ON  The Great Hall*
Tue   5/14  Columbus OH A&R Music Bar*
Wed   5/15  Chicago IL  Metro*
Thu   5/16  Madison WI  Majestic Theater*
Fri   5/17  Minneapolis MN    Fine Line Music Cafe*

Tues 5/21 Brooklyn, NY May 21 — ‘Impersonator’ release show

* with Youth Lagoon


‘Impersonator’ is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador storeiTunes.

 

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photo by Sarah O’Driscoll

Majical Cloudz “Childhood’s End” video

By Robby on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The accompanying visual to Majical Cloudz’ “Childhood’s End” is one of those that sits, fixed in your head long after viewing. Starring Devon Welsh’s father Kenneth Welsh, and directed by Emily Kai Bock, the video is a stirring, cinematic interpretation of the song’s personal and universal themes.

 

Read more about the video and its inception at the Majical Cloudz tumblr.

Pre-order ‘Impersonator‘ now, and see the band on the road this spring:

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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Majical Cloudz will release ‘Impersonator’ on May 21

By Robby on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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.

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1. Impersonator
2. This Is Magic
3. Childhood’s End  (mp3)
4. I Do Sing For You
5. Mister
6. Turns Turns Turns (mp3)
7. Silver Rings
8. Illusion
9. Bugs Don’t Buzz
10. Notebook

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.

The album is available for pre-order now on all formats at the Matador store & iTunes.

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

We Love Music Industry Conventions Disguised As Music Festivals (And Vice Versa) : Matador / True Panther Artists At SXSW

By Gerard on Friday, March 8th, 2013

I hope you’ll excuse my weary tone — it’s not that I don’t look forward to South By Southwest or the plethora of free, unaffiliated events (especially those that take place in glorified jello-shot emporiums masquerading as music venues for one week out of the year). It’s just that I’m really pissed off someone told all of the bands below they’re staying at my place.

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING

Tue      3/12    Austin TX                   Queue Day Party         3 pm Mohawk  (w/ Delorean)
Wed    3/13    Austin TX                    Waterloo Records        12 pm (parking lot performance)
Wed    3/13    Austin TX                    Consequence of Sound  5 pm The Parish
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    KEXP Session               12:30 pm Mellow Johnny’s
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Thrasher/Converse  party     4 pm Scoot Inn
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                    Rolling Stone Party     2 pm La Zona Rosa
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                    Ground Control Touring,  12:15 am Mohawk*  (w/ Trash Talk, Merchandise and more)

DELOREAN

Tue      3/12    Austin TX                    Queue Day Party         4 pm Mohawk
Tue      3/12    Austin TX                    Fader Fort                    8 pm Fader Fort
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Pitchfork Day Party    1:40 pm 1100 Warehouse
Thu      3/14    Austin TX                    Filter Party                  11 pm Clive Bar*
Sat       3/16    Austin TX                    True Panther     1 am Mohawk* (with Majical Cloudz, Empress Of, XXYYXX , Silent Diane and more)

MAJICAL CLOUDZ

Thu      3/14    Austin TX                   Spin Party                    4 pm Easy Tiger
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                   Urban Outfitters         2 pm Urban Outfitters Lot
Fri        3/15    Austin TX                   M For Montreal            9 pm Swan Dive
Sat      3/16    Austin TX                    True Panther Presents     9:30 pm Mohawk* (with Delorean, Empress Of, XXYYXX, Silent Diane  and more)

THE YOUNG

Fri       3/15   Austin TX        “Our Heart Aches For Syria” / Red Cross benefit  8 pm Long Center (w/ The Black Lips, White Lung and more)
Sat      3/16    Austin TX        Ground Control Touring  2 pm Beerland  (w/ Merchandise, Spider Bags and more)

(* – denotes an official SXSW event ; wristband or badge required for admission.  There’s public admission if venues aren’t at capacity SOMETIMES, but we can’t guarantee it)

Welcome Majical Cloudz

By Robby on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

For the past few years, Devon Welsh’s been recording solo material composed between rural Ontario and Montreal, and collaborating in production & performance with Matthew Otto under the guise Majical Cloudz. This spring, we at Matador have the distinct pleasure to bring his next full-length to record stores worldwide.

It’s been written of Majical Cloudz:  Their performance is deeply expressive — strong vocals sit on top of washes of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds. The songs are intensely lyrical, oriented around themes of death, patience, family and desire. The live show celebrates the joy in sadness and the value of a shared musical experience.

We’ll have more details on a full-length release set for this spring shortly, but we can tell you that you’ll be hearing this song on it. Download “Turns Turns Turns” (as previously heard on a 2012 Arbutus/Merok EP) HERE.

Watch Majical Cloudz perform the track live via Yours Truly.

Majical Cloudz “Turns Turns Turns” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Majical Cloudz will be on tour with Autre Ne Veut at the end of the month, followed by a few performances at SXSW

February 26 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas *
February 27 New York, NY – Santos Party House *
February 28 Montreal, Quebec – Le Belmont *
March 01 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar *
March 02 Chicago, IL – Schubas *
March 04 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock *
March 07 Vancouver, British Columbia – Electric Owl *
March 08 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
March 09 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar *
March 11 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
March 12 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
March 13-18 Austin, TX – SXSW *

w/ Autre Ne Veut

 

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photo Denis Nazarov