By Kennedy Pawluk
EDMONTON – Ominous Cloud, the new psychedelic pop project from Edmonton-based songwriter Patrick Earles is set to release their debut self titled EP. Best known for his work in Edmonton bands Strange Fires and Brunch Club, Earles work with Ominous Cloud offers a closer look into the psyche of the songwriter and where his individual aspirations as a musician are leading him.
While on a trip to visit his family in the town of Morinville, a place he called home for much of his youthhood, Earles elaborates on his state and feelings at the time he was writing the Ominous Cloud debut.
“A lot of it was kind of written when I was unemployed and really depressed and it shows. A lot of it talks about depressions and my own problems with sleep and stuff.”
Even though the songs are about going through hard times, the instrumental beds of each track share a penchant for catchy light jangly psychedelia, a sound that Earles has mastered over the years.
“Most of the stuff I find myself listening to is upbeat major key stuff that does not sound gloomy at all, but for some reason what I end up writing ends up being a bit more introspective of things. Its just how I write more naturally. I don’t know, its just what I end up thinking a lot about and experiencing. And I mean, there is a tendency in psychedelic pop. Like Tame Impala and Of Montreal are kind of noted for that, having really upbeat songs, but they tend to be about messed up things going on in their lives.”
The band name, Ominous Cloud, Earles says is a reference to a song by the British indie pop band Broadcast. “That song itself is about wanting to get away from your hometown and depression, from what I remember anyway, and those are themes that come up in my own stuff to. So that classic metaphor of the raincloud over my head.”
Ominous Cloud plans to release their debut self-titled album late July, the date TBA.Introspective reflections, Ominous Cloud