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New Majical Cloudz Album Are You Alone? Out This Fall

In 2013, the Canadian duo Majical Cloudz released the austere, stunning Impersonator, the album that got them out of DIY spaces and into arenas, opening for Lorde on tour. They’ve been working on a follow-up album for a while, and they just confirmed on Twitter that it will be called Are You Alone? and it’ll… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 9:19 am

Watch Majical Cloudz Peform A New Song At FORM Arcosanti

Hundred Waters held the second iteration of their FORM Festival this weekend in the eco-city of Arcosanti, located in the Arizona desert. Majical Cloudz were one of the many great acts on the lineup, and they brought along some new music to perform. The project has been relatively quiet since the release of 2013’s Impersonator,… More »

By: James Rettig / May 27, 2015 - 10:38 pm

Majical Cloudz – “Your Eyes”

Largely on the strength of their absorbing, lovely 2013 album Impersonator, the Montreal duo Majical Cloudz went from playing DIY loft spaces to opening for Lorde on an arena tour. As a sort of thank-you gesture, the band has shared “Your Eyes,” a song they recorded in 2011 and played live many times, but one… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Hear The Unearthed Grimes & Majical Cloudz Collaboration “Voignamir,” About An Obese Cat

Grimes and Majical Cloudz’s Devon Welsh have been buddies for some time — at least since 2009 because that’s the date of this old collaboration Grimes excavated from her hard drive yesterday. It’s called “Voignamir,” named for an obese cat. Explains Grimes:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 17, 2014 - 10:43 am

Majical Cloudz – “Savage (Tim Hecker Remix)”

Majical Cloudz are currently poised for exposure to a massive new audience now that they’re going to open for Lorde on her North American tour. The group’s first release since that news certainly says something about how to handle that exposure when you’re a duo that works best in intimate stillness and searing emotional catharsis. More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 30, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Lorde Is Taking Majical Cloudz On Tour

Lorde is one of the most powerful forces in pop right now in part because her music appeals across genre lines. Her singles mostly snap and shimmer with mass appeal, but at least part of her stylistic brew is an affinity for rock’s gloomy, goth-oriented side, an affinity that shines through in her visual aesthetic… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 3, 2014 - 11:01 am

Majical Cloudz – “Love Soul” Interactive Video

Like the November non-album single “Savage,” Majical Cloudz’ new “Love Soul” has been a part of the band’s live set for some time. As frontman Devon Welsh tells it: “‘Love Soul’ was written during the time of many of the other songs on Impersonator but we decided to leave it off the album.” Today, the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 14, 2014 - 10:14 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Majical Cloudz – “Savage” Video

Savage,” a new song that the Canadian duo Majical Cloudz shared last month, wasn’t on their indelible 2013 album Impersonator, but it’s certainly as sparse and intense as anything that did make it onto the LP. And now singer Devon Welsh has made a video for the song that serves, more or less, as a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 13, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year’s best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Majical Cloudz – “Savage”

Earlier this year, Montreal’s Majical Cloudz released the wonderful Impersonator, and earned a spot on our list of the 40 Best New Bands Of 2013. Today, the duo of Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto have dropped a new track, “Savage,” which wasn’t on Impersonator but has been part of their live set through this year. More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 19, 2013 - 10:52 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2013

It’s that time of year again: Time to take stock of the vast armies of new musicians making music in the past year, and to pick out a few dozen of the best and brightest. In the three previous annual versions of this column, we’ve hailed the arrivals of Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky,… More »

By: Stereogum / September 19, 2013 - 10:07 am

Majical Cloudz – “Childhood’s End (CFCF Re-Version)”

The Montreal duo Majical Cloudz probably aren’t anyone’s idea of ideal remix candidates. Their bewitching, emotive churn is the sort of thing that needs room to breathe and stretch out, and any stapled-on beats would run serious risk of ruining the effect. So credit Montreal producer CFCF with understanding that completely. His remix of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2013 - 9:00 am

Stereogum’s Cruel Summer 2013 Mix

This week, for the 237th time, our country tis of thee will celebrate its Miss Independence. Which means that this week, for the fourth time, our blog will celebrate the arrival of Cruel Summer, our annual heartbreak of a mixtape. Tradition. Times have changed since our 2010, 2011, and 2012 installments. Namely, nobody releases free… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 3, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Majical Cloudz – “Bugs Don’t Buzz” Video

On Majical Cloudz’s “Bugs Don’t Buzz” Devon Welsh sings “the cheesiest songs all end with a smile/this won’t end with a smile, my love” and if you have entomophobia, then watching this video will not end with one, either. And yet, the litter of beetles and roaches that star in this Gordon Von Steiner-directed cli… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 20, 2013 - 10:31 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May’s absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you’ll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Album Of The Week: Majical Cloudz Impersonator

You never, as a music dork, stop learning this lesson, but the truth behind it stands: It’s always, always a bad idea to dismiss an artist based on a terrible name. That rule is right up there with “horrendous rappers get better all the time, so stop believing it can’t happen,” and we break the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Deconstructing: The National, Majical Cloudz, And Artistic Pluralism

Everything feels heavier at night. Alone at home after dark, whatever solipsistic sentiment was developing by day takes on titanic proportions. All sense of perspective vanishes along with the sunlight. Melodrama is heightened. Longing feels more desperate, mistakes more extreme. Deep, dark brooding can take over in a way that usually doesn’t happen at noo… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Stream Majical Cloudz Impersonator

As I said in my writeup of the band’s recently released track “Bugs Don’t Buzz“: Montreal sorta-duo Majical Cloudz’s forthcoming LP Impersonator is an album best experienced as an album; it invites and rewards immersion. As I also said in that same space: Point blank, it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 14, 2013 - 11:05 am

Q&A: Majical Cloudz Frontman Devon Welsh On The Weird Joy Of Making Very Personal Music And Sharing It With The World

It’s hard to imagine that anyone will release an album this year as lovely — or as harrowingly intimate — as Majical Cloudz’s soon-to-be-released debut, Impersonator. Building on the successes of last year’s Turns Turns Turns EP, the duo — vocalist Devon Welsh and musician Matthew Otto — have perfected their very own style of… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / May 10, 2013 - 1:34 pm
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