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by Cloud and Owl

Cloud and Owl are a duo based in the UK who blend genres eclectically, producing magical soundscapes underpinned by solid foundations of rhythm, journeying from woozy, soft lullaby sounds to hard, compulsive beats; this is their debut EP.
Genre: Electronic: Techno
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  Song Share Time Download
1. R.A.W
10:10 $0.69
2. Antithesis
7:27 $0.69
3. R.A.W (Bioni Samp Remix) [feat. Bioni Samp]
9:19 $0.69
4. Antithesis (Ben Glass Mix) [feat. Ben Glass]
8:35 $0.69
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Album Notes
Brought together by a shared love of frenetic dance energy, guitars and glam-dysfunction, it was during a lunar eclipse that Gaz Cloud and Owlin Sanna first discovered a shared mysticism and adoration of melodic synth exploration. A desire to explore similar passions in a city which never sleeps had brought them both to London from their respective homes of Devon and Dublin. It was the best decision either of them had ever made.

Cloud & Owl was born - a soundscaping DJ and production-duo, blending genres without wilful eclecticism. The duo produce magical soundscapes underpinned by solid foundations of rhythm, journeying from woozy, soft lullaby sounds to hard, compulsive beats. Their mission statement is to create organic-electronic music to daydream and dance to. This is their debut EP. On remix duties are two of London’s most talented electronic musicians, Bioni Samp and Ben Glass.

The release opens with R.A.W, a trance-state inducing 10 minute tribute to Robert Anton Wilson, the discordian philosopher. The track is an hypnotic blend of synthetic textures, found sound (yes, that is a fishing reel you hear) and a vocal taken from the little known comedy record Secrets Of Power. It’s techno, folks, but not as you know it.

The next track is the Antithesis, in name and theme. Beginning with the impression of dimensional travel, the track transports the listener to stillness, via the sounds of nature alongside, soft dubstep beats, minimal hats and an insistent sequencer line. It’s become deeply unfashionable to describe music as a “journey” but this track is unashamedly that. After the void, digital patterns take over and lead to an emotionally resonant conclusion.

Bioni Samp’s been making waves on Aconito Records with his unique brand of minimal techno. His hive synthesis techniques create a distinctive sound world and his remix of R.A.W is something else: deep, cerebral and trippy. Clocking in at over 9 minutes, the track features a rare vocal appearance from Owlin not heard on the original.

Ben Glass came to prominence in his Kraut/post-punk group Glass, before setting out on an interesting solo project combining a shoegaze aesthetic and experimental electronica. His version of Antithesis is blistering, high octane and almost a cover version, rather than a remix; a perfect alternative interpretation of the theme. New Order-esque drums are offset against Ben’s trademark guitar style in a motorik finalé that’s full of drive and verve.

Special thanks goes out to Ben Glass, Bioni Samp, WeirdGear, Bob Wilson, Chris McCormack, nAX_Acid and Wedgewenis.



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