Cloud Cult an Experimental Chamber Rock Band from Minnesota

Full concert recorded – Great music!!

http://KEXP.ORG and Nature Consortium presents Cloud Cult performing at Camp Long during the Arts in Nature Festival. Recorded on August 11, 2013.

Audio Engineers: Jeff Johnson & Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Luke Knecht, Travis Tyler & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Luke Knecht

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New York Times: “A sprawling kaleidoscopic invocation of the life force with songs that veer from jubilation to simmering prayerful meditation.”

Rolling Stone: “The instrumental arsenal of the Arcade Fire mixed with the gentle electronic throb of the Postal Service.”

Pitchfork: “Insane genius…Records this casually monumental are rare indeed.”

Los Angeles Times: “Deserving of loud, boisterous cheers.”

Denver Post: Top 12 Albums of the Decade- “It’s impossible to not be moved…”

Cloud Cult developed in 1995 as a solo studio project of Craig Minowa. His first full length album, “The Shade Project” caught the interest of a few small independent labels who urged Minowa to consider performing the songs live. Craig worked the next four years on a new studio project which would be the first official Cloud Cult album, “Who Killed Puck?”. Sarah Young appeared on this album for the first time on cello and Eduardo Vaz assisted with drums on a few of the songs. Minowa’s early work earned Cloud Cult several offers from record labels, but all were rejected in favor of self-publishing and maintaining total control over the ethical aspects of the business practices.

In 1999, lead singer Craig and Connie Minowa formed Earthology, a not-for-profit environmental organization that would later gain its nonprofit 501c3 status. Craig worked on developing the Earthology Records branch, which  was focused on helping to green the music industry.  Earthology Records would become the homegrown powerhouse where all of the band’s booking, publicity, CD replication, t-shirt production,  and recording would take place. Through Earthology, Minowa developed the first 100% postconsumer recycled CD packaging in the U.S. market.

Earthology Records was later moved to an organic farm, powered by geothermal energy and built partially from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. The band began zero net greenhouse gas practices for tours long before it was trendy to be green. The band’s merchandise is 100% postconsumer recycled or made of certified organic materials. Cloud Cult has planted several thousand trees to absorb the band’s CO2 output. They also donate heavily to projects that build wind turbines as revenue generators on Native American Reservations.

In the year 2002, shortly after the unexpected death of his two year old son Kaidin, Minowa wrote over a hundred In the year 2002, shortly after the unexpected death of his two year old son Kaidin, Minowa wrote over a hundred songs to deal with the loss.They Live on the Sun was finished in 2003 and went to #1 on college radio station charts across the country. Since that album, Cloud Cult’s music has been strongly inspired by the loss of Kaidin and the “big picture” issues of life:  “who are we, why are we here, where did we come from, where do we go”. Minowa seems in constant pursuit of the light at the end of the tunnel. The success of the album convinced Craig to create a live band to perform the album’s songs. Minowa added Dan Greenwood to the band roster on drums. The first live shows consisted of a three piece: Craig, Sarah and Dan.

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