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Legalize Everything – Frowning Clouds (Rice is Nice/Saturno)

LegalizeEverythingDo you take album titles at face value? Let's take this legalisation of everything one step further. In an ideal world, we could also frame a law to make listening to worthwhile music compulsory. Frowning Clouds would be one of the first cabs off the rank.

Earlier this year, Frowning Clouds supported Sunnyboys and The Stems at a sold-out theatre show in Sydney. It was a prestigious gig. Among the pre-show chatter at the pub, I heard a comment that Frowning Clouds had been "psychedelised."

Listen Closelier - Frowning Clouds (Off The Hip)

thefrowningcloudsJust a few bars into "Listen Closelier" it's evident that The Frowning Clouds are so far out of step with what passes for popular culture that they're in danger of being deported to a musical Antarctica. This is music that existed long before pitch adjusters, vocoders and dry machines, so if they had to live in exile you could safely bet that, food and water apart, the only other thing close to the top of The Frowning Clouds' list of essentials would be amplifier valves.

The Clouds return with their first single in decades

Sydney’s sublime popsters, The Clouds, are returning with their first new recording in 20 years.

The Clouds were among the leading lights of the Australian indie scene in the early to mid-‘90s, fronted by the dual vocals of Jodi Phillis and Patricia Young. With three Top 50 Albums - including the classic "Penny Century" - The Clouds were well loved by critics and their huge fan base. They reformed briefly in 2014 to play a national tour.

The new single, “Mabel's Bookshop“, is from a forthcoming EP “Zaffre” out on February 14, 2017 as a digital download. They’ll also play their first headline show in Sydney for three years at Newtown Social Club on March 31. It’s a warm-up to national dates on the Day on The Green tour with Blondie and Cyndi Lauper in April.

THE CLOUDS launch “Zaffre” EP
Plus Special Guests Melodie Nelson + Jack Tickner
Tickets $35.00+BF from

Whereabouts – The Frowning Clouds (Anti Fade/Saturno)

whereaboutsNonchalant. That’s the word that describes the second album by Geelong’s Frowning Clouds to a tee. You don’t hear it used much these days – and you don’t hear music like The Frowning Clouds much either.

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