Dark and boisterous delights abound… sit tight as you encounter the music of NYC-based duo A Cloud of Ravens and their new single ‘Nature of Artifice’, released hot on the trail of another invigorating fine tune – ‘The Blackest Mantra’. Both bangers preview their third full-length album ‘Lost Hymns’, to be released in early 2023 via Berlin-based Nexilis Records, a division of Schubert Music Europe. This is dark and lush and simmers in the pleasure-points of your mind while filling your earbuds.
Formed in 2018 in Brooklyn by Matthew McIntosh (guitar and vocals) and Beth Narducci (bass guitar), the duo began work on this new album in the spring of 2021. Completed by autumn, this LP was mastered by ACTORS’ Jason Corbett at Jacknife Sound studio in Vancouver.
“The song ‘Nature of Artifice’ is about choosing to bury your head in the sand, rather than confronting glaring societal ills and moral injustices. It’s easier to get lost in the minutia of our click and swipe modern world than watch its blessings crumble around us. To some extent, none of us are blameless,” says Matthew McIntosh.
At the outset, A Cloud of Ravens hit the ground running with a string of self-released offerings, making their mark in the burgeoning contemporary dark music scene and garnering attention that would result in a one-off release date for their 2021 album ‘Another Kind of Midnight’, a mournful yet triumphant collection exploring the heart of a world amidst a devastating pandemic and torn by moral tribalism.
Effectively merging classic and contemporary post-punk and darkwave sensibilities, their somewhat poetic use of prose and metaphor expressed the trials and joys of the world in which we now find ourselves. A Cloud of Ravens’ subsequent remix-based EP featured re-imagined tracks by legendary producer John Fryer and such prominent artists as Clan of Xymox, ACTORS, Chris Vrenna and Ritual Howls.
‘Nature of Artifice’ is now available across digital outlets, including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Ban
The band will be playing their final show of the year on December 17 at Prohibition River Live in Nyack, NY. Towards mid-2023, fans can already look forward to North American tour dates with Clan of Xymox and Curse Mackey.
Lyrics and music by Matthew McIntosh
Matthew McIntosh – guitar, vocals, synths, drum programming
Beth Narducci – bass guitar
Recorded by Matthew McIntosh
Produced and mixed by Matthew McIntosh and Beth Narducci
Mastered by Jason Corbett at Jacknife Sound
Artist photos by Kevin W Condon
TOUR DATES (with Clan of Xymox & Curse Mackey)
Wed, May 31 – San Antonio TX
Thu, June 1 – Houston TX
Fri, June 2 – Austin TX
Sat, June 3 – Dallas TX
Mon, June 5 – Albuquerque NM
Tue, June 6 – Denver CO
Wed, June 7 – Salt Lake City UT
Fri, June 9 – Seattle WA
Sat, June 10 – Vancouver BC
Sun, June 11 – Portland OR
Tue, June 13 – San Francisco CA
Wed, June 14 – Costa Mesa CA
Thu, June 15 – San Diego CA
Fri, June 16 – Los Angeles CA