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Minneapolis, United States (1995 – present)

Cloud Cult is an band from Minneapolis, Minnesota led by singer/songwriter Craig Minowa. Formed in 1995, the name originated from the ancient prophecies of indigenous North Americans

The band’s founder and singer Craig Minowa has a degree in Environmental Science, and his environmental, political, and social awareness is reflected in much of Cloud Cult’s music. (Note: Craig Minowa actually has stated he intentionally doesn’t sing about environmental awareness because he lives it…he doesn’t need to preach it) The band’s self-created non-profit record label, Earthology Records, uses the most environmentally friendly methods available to ensure minimum damage to the environment.

After two solo LP’s, The Shade Project (1995), and Who Killed Puck? (2000), Minowa’s sudden loss of his two-year-old son and subsequent separation from his wife, Cloud Cult emerged with They Live on the Sun in 2003, combining concepts of Minowa with performances by cellist Sarah Young and drummer Dan Greenwood, who shortly became members of the band. This album was deeply personal and painful album for Cloud Cult and you don’t often hear songs from it in concert.

Minowa continued to use music to cope with the loss of his son on the following album Aurora Borealis. This album did begin to branch out more into exploration of pain and loss instead of just feeling it.

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  • maniac_fm

    Anyone wants to up the more recent picture? http://last.fm/music/Cloud+Cult/+images/86735977

    15 Jul 7:48am Reply
  • becn0ir

    He's making more stuff now? Awesome!

    26 Apr 12:38pm Reply
  • pondrafi

    i never listen to experimental music, but when i do, i listen to Cloud Cult

    31 Mar 4:27am Reply
  • Frownly

    UNPLUG

    29 Mar 3:44pm Reply
  • Parasitical

    Damn.. At first when I saw them live I wasn't impressed.. Now that I've immersed myself in their sound and lyrics I am a big fan now.

    8 Jan 4:31am Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    I can personally attest that the new songs sound awesome live. And they played all but three of them last night! The show had a lot of issues with pacing/momentum, truth to tell, but on a moment-to-moment basis it was still incredible. I may not have gotten that unbelievable uplift that I remember from their best shows, but I did get a newfound appreciation for the new album. I'll take it. Craig's face when he sings these new ones is so intense it's scary. Go see 'em if they're in town!!

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DarthStench

    I reviewed the new album here: http://inyourspeakers.com/content/review/207-cloud-cult-love-03262013 Spoiler alert: I LIKED it.

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • folkingirl

    In love !

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • volumeOut

    It's amazing how creative they are.

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • vividserenity

    All of their other album covers are really interesting up until 'Love'. Not sure why they picked artwork that looks like it belongs on the shelf next to Lisa Frank merch...

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    I really love the aural space that Love carves out; it's their first truly cohesive album in terms of mood/sound, I think, or anyway their most coherent. Obviously eclecticism has served them beautifully in the past, and I'm not sure yet how these *songs* stack up against previous releases, but in terms of the atmosphere and depth of the music, I'm *really* feeling this new record!

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Fersifex

    Love is amazingly beautiful

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Noobie2tunes

    Great album, can't wait to see them in concert on April 12th

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • theaago

    Loving Love.

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • antigravity

    Hmmm have been a fan of Cloud Cult Since Aurora, but I dunno, this just feels like a rehash of things they've done before. 1x1x1 has some sort of originality to it from a Cloud Cult history perspective. But yeah, dunno if I'm feeling this one yet.

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • InASafePlace

    Landmarks like Meaning of 8 and Advice From the Happy Hippopotamus are hard to reach, but at the same time I like that they don't attempt to do the same thing over and over like some bands do.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Zeldeiro

    Love is really great. Better than Light Chasers, but not better than Feel Good Ghosts. Yet.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • InASafePlace

    First listen seemed odd. This is growing on me....

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • theeyeofthehawk

    Love the new Album. At this time "Complicated Creation" & "All the Things We Couldnt See" are my favourites. Come to Europe! Especially to (East)Germany! Now! Hurry Up! ;-)

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • maniac_fm

    They didn't top Light Chasers, but first half of the album seems nice.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
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