Life In Clouds

by The Jesus Cleaver

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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 @

“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 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.


released July 18, 2012

Written and produced by John P Shea
Vocals: John P Shea
Additional vocals: Stella Shea (Track 1 (intro/outro), Track 4 (intro)), Eamon Shea (Track 7 (intro))
Bass Guitar: John P Shea (Tracks 1, 3, 7)
Electric Guitar: John P Shea (Track 3), Blu Blak Truk (Track 5, 7 recorded by JJ at gest(alt) industries studios)
Keyboards and Percussion (Programming, Live Performance, Samples): John P Shea
Additional percussion: Stella Shea (Track 1)


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Track Name: Mercy

She said
"Come to me
Come to me
I'm in the sky"

"I'll be your body
I'll be your shelter
I'll be your eyes
When you -
When you have none"

She said
"Come to me
Come to me
I'm in the sky"

"I'll be your love
I'll be your mercy
I'll be salvation
When you have none"

© Copyright 2007
Track Name: Girl With No Name

I'm terrified
Falls through my hands
Like water from heaven
I cannot keep

The noise you make
A ghost I've heard?
It makes me shake
It's quite absurd

I'm terrified
Force myself
To speak the name
I cannot breathe

I'm terrified
Give my life
To miss the place
I cannot leave

The noise you make
Disturbs the air
It makes me shake
It’s quite unfair

I'm terrified
Force myself
To speak the name
I cannot breathe

The noise you make
A ghost I've heard?
It makes me shake
It's quite absurd

© Copyright 1990
Track Name: New Day

From me time will strip you away
And cast me in the sea
That breathes your name
And the life from me

And like everything of which I'm certain
This memory will decay
But left unbled will rise up
And slowly smother me

And the barrel is always clean

And the sun will rise

And the seasons will pass me by

And life is what it seems

© Copyright 2004
Track Name: Life In Clouds

Don't see me
As the help that never comes
Don't see me
As indifferent to your daughter
And your sons

Through all the years
That have gathered us
I'm the one standing
With open arms
And however weary...

Don't see me
As running from your love

There is nothing else that I can say -
Don't see me
As running from your love

© Copyright 2010
Track Name: Empty

We can never be together
We can never be apart

Now all time flows against us
And the sun burns up our hearts

Our future remains unwritten
These tears we've shed like skies

Like a million angels burning
The phosphor blinds my eyes

We're unchallenged by the ages
A token pillar salts our love

There will never be an ending
While we drink each other dry

There will never be an ending
We're uplifted by the stars

We've struggled over the horizon
We've drowned all life in the sea

We've lost all grip on logic
We've never been so empty

© Copyright 2004
Track Name: Europa

To far horizons
And distant shores
We’ve travelled together
My needs ignored

This temptation is timeless
It’s a version of love
A tenderness longed for
For we’re not undeserving thereof

A home to return to
With surrendered controls
I want to worship your body
Not empty our souls

I’m looking for peace here
I want your embrace
Not harvested resentment
Nor words bitter of taste

Tonight is our last now
Together like this
Drown me in your body
Breathe me your kiss

Drown me in your body
Breathe me your kiss

Drown me in your body
Breathe me your kiss