Cloud Castle Lake
Dublin-based four piece Cloud Castle Lake make beguiling, complicated and bold compositions. They share a common ambition to push the lens of live performance wider, to go outside the constrictions set by genres, and to explore beyond traditional sonic structures. When lead vocalist, synth player and lyricist Daniel McAuley (27) met bassist Rory O’Connor (27) and guitarist/pianist Brendan William Jenkinson (27) in boarding school in County Kildare, he didn’t even realise he could sing. For a guy who has a falsetto that seems higher than Thom Yorke and Wild Beast’s Hayden Thorpe combined, that information comes as quite a shock. “I was the band’s fake manager,” he laughs. They started a band as “a minor act of rebellion”. It was purely about having fun. Via local battle of the band contests, however, it soon dawned on them that what they’d conjured together out of a mutual affection for Radiohead and Sigur Ros, Aphex Twin and Bjork, was really working.