Are You Alone?
- CD €18.20
- LP €21.00
First pressing on white vinyl, includes MP3 download coupon.
In 2013, the Canadian musical-performance art project Majical Cloudz released Impersonator, garnering praise from tastemaker and mainstream media as one of the year's best and most notable albums. Since then, principle writer and vocalist Devon Welsh has been fastidiously crafting the band's second studio album, while simultaneously touring the world with producer Matthew Otto.
Building off a solidly-laid visual and sonic foundation, the conceptual narrative remains - simple yet emotionally forthcoming lyrics showcasing raw vulnerability, backed by sparse instrumentation and minimalist production. Welsh delivers melancholic but melody driven vocals echoing off elemental tones, praising love and friendship, commiserating over heartbreak and sadness. Written and recorded between Montreal and Detroit, Are You Alone? features drum, viola and piano support from Canadian composition genius Owen Pallett, known for his work with Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Death from Above 1979, and Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys. Coming as no surprise, Welsh and Otto have created another soulful novella, continuing to contribute to the evolution of sound in pop, indie, and electronic music.
Majical Cloudz first began gaining larger recognition around their Turns Turns Turns EP in 2012 and soon after signed to Matador. In addition to being nominated for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Impersonator received critical praise from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, VICE, Flavorwire, Earmilk and more. In 2014 the duo were recruited by teenage pop phenomenon Lorde as the opening act for her North American tour, taking their intimate stage setup to theatres across the continent. Their incredible conceptual live performance - somber in tone with moments of silliness; Pagliacci-esqe - gained notoriety from Billboard, Grantland, and Pitchfork and was described by Lorde as “one of the most simple and moving things I have seen, ever”. Following their fall 2014 tour with Lorde, Majical Cloudz released the documentary "A Lot of Humans", directed by Neil Corcoran with an original soundtrack by the band, and were featured as the summer cover story feature on Pitchfork.