Occupying the nocturnal space between the poignant maximalism of Tim Buckley and the codeine beats of Mount Kimbie, Cloud Boat are slowly but surely carving out a distinctive path for themselves as purveyors of gorgeous, shattered-heart soul bar none. They released their debut album, Book Of Hours, on R&S / Apollo at the start of June, continuing the label’s lineage of classic, experimental records from the likes of Aphex Twin, Maark Van Hoen and Biosphere.
For what can be described as electronic music, the album is a delicate, intimate affair, a beautifully sustained exercise in mood and tension and far more precious a record than most others right now. It has been widely praised by critics, with Dummy making it their Album Of The Week and Clash calling it ‘among the year’s most accomplished debuts’.
Live, the band come into their own, with the quieter moments rendered more intimate, and the loud moments becoming all the more visceral. They have recently tour supported James Blake and Ghostpoet.