Cloud Cult’s latest dwells on the elements, water most of all and wind to a lesser extent. The album’s parenthetical title, (Tea-partying through tornadoes), evokes a tempest fused from the two. But “Everybody Here is a Cloud” and “When Water Comes to Life” zero in on water embodied, imbued with consciousness enough to make music and wonder about awareness.
Such introspection is typical of Cloud Cult lyricist Craig Minowa, whose ninth album offers up ontological nuggets like “Everybody here is a cloud and everybody here will evaporate. You came up from the ground...from a million little pieces” and “When they burn your body, all that’s left is sand crystals—two tiny handfuls—all the rest is water. All you need to know is you were born of water, you are made of water, you are living water.”
Mediating the inanimate and embodied is heady stuff for a rock album, but well-matched music facilitates the exploration. Soaring cello and violin support guitar and keys that range from crystal clear to jarringly glitchy, as forceful drumming propels otherwise shifting soundscapes.
Altogether uplifting and often lively, Feel Good Ghosts is a punchy adventure: curious, joyful and compelling. (Jason Wiener)
Cloud Cult plays The Loft Thursday, May 8, at 9 PM. $7.