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A Gentle Sting, the new Cloudmachine album will be released February 24th, 2013. An album that captures hope and positivity in timeless songs.

Cloudmachine is the band centered around Ruud Houweling. Some critics in the Netherlands regard him one of Hollands finest songwriters. The band is highly appreciated among a group of faithful music lovers around the world. Among them is Leo Blokhuis, a wellknown music writer in the Netherlands who said about their earlier records:  “Hum Of Life and Back On Land are truly beautiful. Guitar pop with captivating melodies and a sweet melancholic undertone.” A discription that also fits A Gentle Sting perfectly. The new album is many colored but more accessible than it’s predecessor without changing the characteristic Cloudmachine sound. And the band evolved once again.

Cloudmachine compresses the entire history of popmusic into a signature sound with a timeless quality. “It would be nice if some songs last a while,” Houweling says, “I’ve always been interested in timeless songwriters like John Lennon, Tom Waits, Elliott Smith and Neil Finn. I love music that is stronger than trends. The essence of a song should be in it’s core and not in the sauce that’s covering it. We try to work with people who feel the same way.” On Back On Land (2009) the band worked with Oz Fritz in California. Fritz engineered the Grammy winning Tom Waits classic Mule Variations.


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