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by Reagan Hackleman
#MajicalCloudz by @crhphotos #FFFfest
Over the last five weeks we have had some of the best experiences we have ever had as a band.
A lot of it still feels unreal. We played 20 shows with Lorde. We met an uncountable number of people at the shows and played for even more. We did it all with a crew of 4 people in a minivan. How did this happen?
We were met with positive and warm receptions at all of these shows. We were never booed or heckled (although if we had been I would have understood). I believe this to be a testament to the curiosity and open-mindedness of Lorde's audiences. Every single night, we were extremely excited to be there and I think people recognized that and returned the energy.
To everyone who came to these shows and saw us perform, to everyone who we spoke to afterwards: thank you! Your participation made those shows happen and although you probably didn't come with us in mind, your presence was important to us.
As a thank you we are giving away this song, “Your Eyes”. I originally recorded it in 2011, and when Matt and I started playing shows together as Majical Cloudz this was always part of the set. It's kind of a relic of the earliest period of our life as a band, so if you are finding out about us for the first time in the wake of our tour with Lorde, this will take you back to the beginning of our music-making days together. We made this new version just before we left on tour, so in one sense it is old and in another sense it is new.
It has been great meeting all of you. We will be touring the USA again soon, and in the meantime we are working on a bunch of new music.
Photo Credit: Amber Davis
Matt at United Palace, New York City
Photo by Neil Corcoran
very shiny lobby of United Palace
United Palace in Washington Heights, New York City.
Photo by Neil Corcoran
coolin in some opulent mafia cigar lounge room
sunset over Pier 97 in Manhattan
Michael Silverblatt: “I felt that I understood Karl Ove Knausgaard, both the character in the book and the writer of the book, in a way that I haven't understood another person since I was reading Dostoeyevsky — that the feeling of great passion, great terror and ordinary life were all engaged in this book. But I think that while the world — all over the world — has become tragically more like America, America has become more like Norway.”
Silverblatt: “If you were to talk to young people here, any one young person on the street, he or she would say: ‘I fear my life is worthless, I fear my life means nothing, I don't know where to go, I don't know what to do, I don't know how to restore significance to my life.'
Silverblatt: “This is something beyond existentialism, beyond Camus' ‘the Stranger'. This is the tragic sadness of ordinary life.”
Knausgaard: “Yeah. Do you think that's connected to our times, or do you think it's —?”
Silverblatt: “I do, I do. I think that ideas about… oh you know? If I don't let you say… do you think this is connected to our times?”
Knausgaard: (laughs) “I think… certainly my grandparents felt that way, I'm sure. They had to, you know, they have had to work and to do all of these things just to survive, to manage, to live — I mean it's too much to do to, to worry about these things. It's different now.
But I don't know. For me, my strategy is just to go and think what I — try to describe what's in my life, and my connection to contemporary life and describe it in details, hoping that it will be relevant, hoping that I could catch something, but I do not know those general abstract notions about contemporary life whatsoever.”
While pulled over on the side of the road near Coppins Corners, ON I talked to Billboard about our tour with Lorde in the fall and a remix of “Savage” by Tim Hecker
if you want to come to any of our dates with Lorde in Sept/Oct, you can now get ticket links through our site: http://majicalcloudz.com/tours/