EXJCCD0002. Part 1 (tracks 1 to 6) of the follow-up album for the 2010 debut, "A Private Encyclopaedia". "Life In Clouds" (part 1) features 6 original tracks, including the single "Mercy", which debuted as the band’s first music video @ youtu.be/hvT96JcTaIo
“Life In Clouds” continues to see The Jesus Cleaver moving in many musical directions at once, whilst traversing familiar dark romantic songscapes. The current single, “Mercy”, opens the album with darkwave/synthpop sensibilities, complete with lead vintage synth duelling with a bass guitar melody.
“Girl With No Name” takes the listener down the rabbit hole in a bass-heavy synth frenzy. The anthemic “New Day” refrains with the inexorable lyrics “Love will come and love will go”, to an equally inescapable bass guitar line and heavy percussion.
The title track, “Life In Clouds”, opens a deeply personal emotional vein, tapped in minimalist, ethereal styling. The post-industrial “Empty” follows, wrapped in circuit-bent guitar power, courtesy of fellow Brisbane act, Blu Blak Truk. Recording the vocals for this track saw founding singer/songwriter John P Shea admitted to hospital shortly awards, undergoing urgent abdominal surgery. “Needless to say”, explained Shea, “I now have a rather special relationship with this song”, having delivered the required “sense of command” in the vocals, and then endured the aftermath.
The closing track (for part 1), “Oramics Interlude”, is a humble tribute to British synth pioneer, Daphne Oram, without whom there would be no BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and thus no Doctor Who theme song. The track was composed on the Oramics emulator, and highlights the expressiveness of Oram’s remarkable creation, the original of which is currently being restored and cloned at The Science Museum in London (visit daphneoram.org
for further information).
Overall, “Life In Clouds” represents a deeper, more textured offering, with a stronger and more confident delivery. The second part of the album is expected to be released in 2013, once Shea completes a self-imposed vocal rest period following his recent health incident.
UPDATE: Track 7, "Europa" added for part 2. This track is the second single from the album.
More tracks coming in 2013.
NOTE: any new tracks (i.e. the remainder of part 2) delivered free if you buy the digital album now.