Cloud Castle Lake – “A Wolf Howling”

The first song we heard from Cloud Castle Lake’s upcoming Dandelion EP, “Sync,” reminded me of Sigur Rós at their most celebratory. “A Wolf Howling,” the second Dandelion song the Dublin band are sharing, exists in the same wheelhouse, but the way it casts Daniel McAuley’s falsetto against a churning minor-key groove is closer to latter-day Radiohead — like “Where I End And You Begin” if it had been on The King Of Limbs. I’m also hearing traces of Wild Beasts in the song’s sweeping post-rock drama. It doesn’t change my sense that Cloud Castle Lake have yet to develop an identity of their own, but it also doesn’t sway me from believing that this borrowed composite they’re currently rocking is potent anyway.

Dandelion is out 9/19 in Ireland and 9/22 in the UK on Happy Valley. Pre-order it here.