After the 2008 release of Cloudland Canyon's Lie in Light, Kip Uhlhorn's partner Simon Wojan left to pursue his more active gig with King Khan & the Shrines. On Fin Eaves Uhlhorn is back with a slew of collaborators, not the least of which is his wife, Kelly, who not only does the gorgeous artwork on the cover, but sings and co-writes a tune, and helps the process along. Last time out, CC were deep into a Krautrock thang, where fixed and syncopated rhythms met noise, droning repetition, and elegant harmonics.
One very commendable characteristic of Cloudland Canyon is its quest to change up the sound from one album to the next without giving up an underlying ethos. With the third album, the changeup perhaps comes from a shakeup in personnel. Founding member Kip Uhlhorn remains, but Simon Wojan (from King Khan and the Shrines) has left to be replaced by Uhlhorn’s partner, Kelly, and a bunch of guests.
Cloudland Canyon are not content with just one sound. You’ll find their name plastered on vanishingly rare cassette releases where they wallow in half-hour drones of muddy sine-wave ambience like a scratched Tangerine Dream vinyl. In 2008, the band attempted a more digestible release with Lie In Light, where ambient pieces clocked in at more reasonable durations, electronics were hushed, and slabs of guitar noise reached the foreground.
If you Google "Cloudland Canyon," you'll have to do a bit of scrolling in order to find anything related to the psychedelic drone-pop band. Instead, you'll be greeted with images of awe-inspiring vistas and crystalline waterfalls captured at Georgia's Cloudland Canyon state park. The connection makes some sense, especially when you consider how different Cloudland Canyon are from other bands in their sphere.