Cloud Boat: Model Of You — Have you ever been in a predicament that just leaves you feeling lost? Then, one day, just when you think there is no escaping this feeling, you surprise yourself by gathering all of your energy from within to find a solution and get back to where you belong? The album Model Of You by Cloud Boat embodies these sentiments.
Cloud Boat, comprised of Tom Clarke and Sam Ricketts, have seen success with the release of their debut album Book Of Hours in 2013. Their newest is both melancholy and electrifying and gives you a bird’s-eye view of what goes on in the deepest parts of your mind where loneliness and hopefulness intersect. Model Of You contains soft songs that speak to the heart in a way that is both haunting and wondrous.
Upon listening to the first track, ‘Prelude’, you can’t help but notice how smooth Clarke’s vocals are. His voice is beautiful, yet ghostly. The song, ‘Carmine’, is a misty and enigmatic track that takes you to a different dimension. The song contains foreboding and poignant lyrics such as “He’s gone, but he’s sleepin’/‘Cause he’s worried that they’ve got nowhere to hide/But you know, he’s never fully dreamin’/‘Cause he’s scared that they’ll find one another”. Another line from the song ,“You say that everything is nothing compared to the silence of another”, is incredibly profound. ‘Carmine’ is a song off the album that is sure to stay with you. I definitely got goosebumps while listening to it.
Another track, ‘The Glow’, contains lyrics such as “Take some of these candles/the glow will guide you out” which sounds like a simple line, yet it’s so much more meaningful than it appears. There are also some upbeat songs on the album such as ‘Portraits of Eyes’, ‘Aurelia’ and ‘Thoughts In Mine’. These tracks are the ones that you would automatically associate with the electronic genre, where the synthesizer leaves your head spinning round and round, but in a good way. In fact, while listening to this album, I was reminded of fellow British artist James Blake.
The album also features some dreamy instrumentals such as ‘Golden Lights’ which reminded me of a lullaby, very soothing. The last song on the album, ‘Hallow’, is an interesting track that reminds me of a mad scientist trying to revive something, especially with the lyrics, “So I take myself to a quiet corner, and work all through the night/I’ll build a model of you”. It’s a great track that adds perspective to the album.
To me, this album has the ability to take you to a place where time stands still for a moment. It’s the kind of music that helps you embrace the idea facing the unknown with the certainty that everything will be okay in the end. The album is available July 14, so be sure to look out for it…9.0/10