The Minneapolis, MN music (and art – some of their members are actually “visual artists”) collective going by the name of Cloud Cult have garnered quite a following with their often melodramatic-yet-poignant take on indie music. Their most recent release, last year’s Light Chasers, was no different, though this time mastermind Craig Minowa and his crew had a determined eye locked on the positive potential of the future, instead of a tear-laden one looking at the past.
Their new video for “Unexplainable Stories” is a sci-fi reflection of that focus on new frontiers. Animated by Jon Thompson from Minneapolis-based Bolster Creative, it shows a resolute space-explorer preparing to leave a desolate looking landscape in search of something new in the universe beyond. Strap in for the ride and check out the premiere of the surprisingly affecting clip down yonder.
In other Cloud Cult news, after some planned downtime in early 2012 as Minowa and his wife/band-mate Connie await the birth of their next child (congratulations!), the band will release a new album in the spring. Minowa is also working on six hours worth of music for the National Geographic program “Expedition Wild”. He says of the project, “All of the music is the Cloud Cult flavor,” so expect robust baroque-rock with heavy orchestration. Minowa continues, “We’re looking at possibly doing a combined tour of colleges with [NatGeo] in the spring, where we entertain and they educate. The current plan is then to do a tour of orchestra halls around the country, utilizing the local symphony orchestras for the Cloud Cult performances.” Looks like 2012 is going to be a pretty stellar year for the band, so keep an eye out for more information.