Recording on lead signer Craig Minowaâ€™s organic farm and touring the U.S. in its solar-paneled van, Cloud Cult has experienced 15 years and eight albums of indie success by staying true to themselves and their sound.
Formed in 1995, the struggles and hardships this group of eight artists has gone through are accumulated, questioned and addressed in their ninth album, â€œLight Chasersâ€.
The journey of life itself is their conquest, emphasized with such track names as â€œThe Birth,â€ â€œThe Interferenceâ€ and â€œThe Dawn.â€
After a quiet and lovely violin intro, the opening lyrics are slowly sung: â€œWeâ€™ve been searching for our whole life… I heard the captain say, â€˜The more I know the less Iâ€™m knowingâ€™.â€
This beginning sets the tone for the rest of the album, as each song melts into the other with â€œthe captainâ€ at the hull, parting the seas of the unknown for Cloud Cult to explore.
Minowaâ€™s artistically strained voice whispers and yells lyrics about birth, life, death and discovery over orchestra-like violin, cello and horn pieces.
Their ability to combine acoustic gurgling baby lullabies and raucous rock tunes yelling about â€œA Room Full of People in Your Head,â€ is an impressive element of this album.
The classic Cloud Cult sound and style is also appreciated, although tunes like â€œToday We Give Ourselves to the Fireâ€ sound so alike to past songs that it is impossible to ignore the redundancy.
As the album comes to its end, a simple conclusion is found: â€œIt is what it is, you are what you are, just try to enjoy your day.â€
This is what Cloud Cult has discovered through â€œLight Chasers,â€ and their own journey as a band.
Music reviewer Michael Elizabeth Sakas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.