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Crack Cloud are renewed on the expansive “Blue Kite”, announce new album on Jagjaguwar

Canadian collective Crack Cloud have announced their new album Red Mile for release on July 26 through their new label home Jagjaguwar. Sharing some words on the inspiration for the record, Zach Choy said:

“The music of Red Mile came naturally, and of its own volition.
The Mojave had an elemental effect.
The seemingly never-ending labyrinth of touring into exhaustion that characterized preceding years.
And the externalization of Crack Cloud’s mythology, displaced and dismantled as we’ve grown out of ourselves, constantly, creatively reborn, by virtue and design.
This is how I would describe Red Mile, and more generally, the group’s freefall, nearly a decade in the making.

The idea of creative rebirth is alive in lead single and video “Blue Kite”, with the band sounding fresh and full of ideas. While still in the same lineage as their art-rock/post-punk earlier work, the new song is more instrumentally expansive, with synths, guitars and violins stretching out like clouds across the inspirational Mojave. Lyrically, Choy pokes makes reference to exhaustion and former addictions, but as the song makes clear, both vocally and instrumentally, he and Crack Cloud as a whole are moving on to grander and more exciting things.

Watch the video for “Blue Kite” below or find the song on streamers.

Crack Cloud’s new album Red Mile arrives on 26 July through Jagjaguwar.

You can find the band on Bandcamp and Instagram.

They’ve also got all these tour dates ahead:

Aug 22nd | Malaga, ES – Canela Party

Sept 4th | Zurich, CH – Bogen F
Sept 5th | Brussels, BE – Museum @ Botanique
Sept 6th | Asten-Heusden, NL – Misty Fields
Sept 7th | Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
Sept 9th | Berlin, DE – Lido
Sept 10th | Copenhagen, DK – Hotel Cecil
Sept 11th | Malmo, SE – Plan B
Sept 12th | Stockholm, SE – Hus 7
Sept 13th-14th | Oslo, NO – By:Larm Festival
Sept 16th | Cologne, DE – Bumann & Sohn
Sept 17th | Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Sept 18th | Rouen, FR – Le 106
Sept 19th | La Rochelle, FR – Sirene
Sept 20th | Nantes, FR – Lieu Unique
Sept 25th | London, UK – KOKO
Sept 26th | Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Sept 27th | Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Sept 29th | Dublin, IE – Whelans
Sept 30th | Manchester, UK – Gorilla
Oct 1st | Bristol, UK – Lost Horizon
Oct 2nd | Brighton, UK – Chalk

Nov 18th | Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Nov 20th | New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom