Caulbearers “Over Comes A Cloud”

"Over Comes A Cloud" by Caulbearers is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day.
"Over Comes A Cloud" by Caulbearers

Caulbearers is a UK based collective of musicians, but with contributors also hailing from around Europe. Based on the songs of producer and vocalist Damien Mahoney, their sound has been described as “archaic Funk fables and Soul migrations… bittersweet songs of the self, soul and society” and “roots music from the rainy city… Psychedelic Soul with poetic, social observation.”

The 8-piece ensemble weave together elements of Hip-Hop, Funk, Dub, Soul and Jazz, with plenty of grit and discord in the mix. Caulbearers’ rhythms, arrangements and soundscapes are hugely inspired by many forms of electronic music, but are solely channelled through the use of live instruments.

With previous releases via Jack To Phono Records and Single Cell Recordings, brand new material is due out in 2020 with a full album to follow in 2021. Incredible singer Ruth Blake joins Damien on vocals throughout the album, which also features appearances from members of Cinematic Orchestra, The Breath, GoGo Penguin, Homelife, The Earlies, Cherry Ghost & Beats & Pieces Big Band, amongst others.

“Over Comes A Cloud” lyrics are a call to lift the veil of nobility, pride and entitlement that empires throughout time have often hidden their violent & oppressive actions behind. The song asks if we can be conscious enough to see these shadowy impulses and desires in ourselves and not only look to blame others for their actions. The track has been mixed by Seadna Mcphail (Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, Jah Wobble, Everything Everything, Thea Gilmore, I Am Kloot, Happy Mondays).

The track features Grenville Harrop on drums (formerly of Cherry Ghost), Will Lenton on Saxophones (Mr Wilson’s 2nd Liners), Anton Hunter on guitar (Beats and Pieces Big Band, Article XI), Ruth Blake on backing vocals with Damien Mahoney on lead vocals. Cellos by Stefan Skrimshire, percussion by Gavin Mullan. The bass guitar was played by Dan Mitchell, who also wrote the signature, brooding harmonic bassline that inspired the song. The original guitar part was written by former Caulbearers guitarist Matt Gannicliffe.

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