Low Sun Cloth
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A few years ago, Cloth seemed to emerge dream-like and quietly confident from nowhere. The Glasgow duo, centred around the Swinton siblings Rachel and Paul, brought a considered minimalism to rock instrumentation to weave a spidery sound recalling Glasgow pop deconstructionists The Blue Nile and even Mogwai, but with a secret gem at its glowing heart in the form of Rachel Swinton’s breathey, instantly affecting vocal performances.
Low Sun sees the group grow, unfurling from the earlier mission statement into something that sinks languidly into the Rock Action canon beautifully while teasing out new emotional resonances in their songwriting. Old Stories uses Paul Swinton’s fractal guitar, laden with shimmering overtones, to build a steadily cresting wave of nocturnal, sepia-tinted melancholy. Lead single Lucid is a showcase for Rachel Swinton’s vocal, sung low into the mic but gracing the full spectrum of the stereo-field over a Blue Nile-ish backing, like something from Hats perhaps. Title track Low Sun reminds us a little of Slowdive’s more sombre moments, glacial and pristine in its reservation. E.P. closer Sidecar uses reverberating piano chords and swelling instrumentation for one of the most abstract – and affecting – pieces of the EP.
Gracing the stages of taste-making festivals Latitude and Connect, and being featured on the soundtrack for Hulu’s hit ‘Normal People’, Cloth are a Glasgow two-piece comprising twins Rachael and Paul Swinton.
With their debut album shortlisted for the 2020 SAY Award and enjoying committed support from Elbow’s Guy Garvey, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and BBC Introducing (among many others), the band are set to release their hotly anticipated follow-up album, Secret Measure, in May 2023 via Mogwai’s Rock Action Records.
Produced by Ali Chant (Yard Act, Katy J Pearson), Secret Measure’s 10 meticulously crafted tracks represent a seismic step forward for the band both musically and artistically. As Rachael explains, “we wanted to craft something that sounded huge, leaning into more pop-y influences whilst retaining that sense of intimacy that colours a lot of our music.”
Both bigger in scope and more emotionally direct, Secret Measure “explores the idea of reassurance and learning to accept that, whatever life is throwing at you, things will most likely turn out okay” says Paul. “It’s a hopeful collection of songs exploring the journey from doubt and anxiety to a place where you can sit comfortably with the unknown and know that, whatever you’re feeling, it won’t feel like that forever.”
With a dark, enigmatic music video shot in the dead of night by Bristol’s Clump Collective (Divorce, Katy J Pearson), second single ‘Never Know’ is out now.
Secret Measure arrives 5th May, 2023 via Rock Action.
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