You should know the name Scattered Clouds. Not because they're from rural Quebec, Canada, but because of their recent debut of a track called "Enchanteresse", which is so dark and distorted, it's making bands like Viet Cong sweat a little.
Despite the fact that the visual counterpart to the tune might be one of the most transfixing collage-like displays that I've seen in a while, "Enchanteresse" (the lead single off of The First Empire, Scattered Clouds' debut LP) as a sonic offering is both explosive and emotive in its demeanour.
While I'm talking about the post-rock tension heard in each burst of blown out guitar, I'm also talking about the complimentary visual obsession with "self-abasement", as found footage artist Mike Dubue describes. The song and video both tell a story of deterioration, self-reflexivity, and internal tension, leaving us to wonder just how much darker The First Empire in its entirety can get.
The First Empire is set to be released on April 21/15 via E-Tron Records. The threesome also have a few upcoming Canadian tour dates. See below for the full list of gigs.
April 23 – TORONTO, ON – The Piston
April 24 – GUELPH, ON – E-Bar
April 25 – WINDSOR, ON – Phog Lounge
April 26 – HAMILTON, ON – The Baltimore Lounge
May 02 – OTTAWA, ON – The Record Centre
May 07 – TORONTO, ON – CMW
May 23 – HULL, QC – Le Temporaire
May 28 – MONTREAL, QC – Casa Del Popolo