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3.77 | 41 ratings | 5 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Strange Cloud (7:31)

Total Time 7:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Rich Hutchins / drums
- Mathew Kennedy / bass
- Gabriel Moffat / lap steel guitar, solo & electric guitar
- Mark Sherkus / keyboards
- Johnny Unicorn / keyboards, saxophone, vocals
- Phideaux Xavier / piano, acoustic guitar, vocals

Releases information

Released digitally on iTunes and Bandcamp, August 2010. Will be featured on an odds and sods compilation intended for late 2010.

Rocking song detailing a bit of the story from Dante's Purgatory. Originally produced for Musea/Colossus project Purgatorio. Nice fat bass synthesizer.

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PHIDEAUX Strange Cloud ratings distribution

(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

PHIDEAUX Strange Cloud reviews

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Review by TheGazzardian
3 stars An excellent new track from Phideaux in the veins of their latest two albums. Strong melodies, upbeat music and great vocals - many of the ingredients that make Phideaux music so appealing.

The song opens with a short lullaby-like intro before an energetic bass synth starts the riff that persists through much of the song. Acoustic guitars and keys also make appearances throughout. As usual, the vocal performance is one of the highlights, although in this case, it is just Phideaux Xavier singing - the female vocals that have been growing more prominent for the past few albums are missing. And the song wraps up nicely, ending with a reprise of the lullaby theme from the beginning.

Without the female members of the band, the song also lacks the presence of strings, giving it a bit more of a rocking feel than some of the more orchestral stuff the band has released of late. I can't complain about this for the energy of the song stays strong throughout. Ultimately, a good track, and available for free streaming on the bands bandcamp website.

Review by Conor Fynes
4 stars 'Strange Cloud' - Phideaux (Single)

Here's another intelligent track from art rock act Phideaux. Starting out much like a lullaby, things pick up the pace with some electric lead work and medieval acoustic backing. Much like the other single the band has released in 2010 ('Tempest Of Mutiny') the mysteriously titled 'Strange Cloud,' is very much a conventionally structured song, extended over the course of seven minutes.

A modern-structured composition with a coating of classic prog nostalgia, the song sounds like Jethro Tull in some parts, and brit-pop rockers Oasis in others. Although it sounds like the same song throughout it's length, there is still a wide variety of different timbres and instruments that make their appearance during the course of the track.

While 'Tempest Of Mutiny' made itself memorable through the strength of it's chorus, 'Strange Cloud' is a much more enjoyable track throughout, although it doesn't retain the same catchiness the first 2010 single has. In any case, this track has spurred interest in Phideaux for me, and I will make a point of checking out more music from this talented art rock band in the future.

Review by Epignosis
4 stars "Strange Cloud" has a gritty main guitar riff and is reminiscent of Jethro Tull in something like "A Passion Play." The outstanding aspects of this piece are the electric guitar and the various keyboards, particularly the spacey interjections. The vocals are especially nasally, but that is of no consequence. Like "Tempest of Mutiny," this is an excellent single that contains an abundance of attractive occurrences. The dormouse will blow the listener away with his (snow)torch; that is to say, Phideaux has produced another fine and appealing piece of music with numerous musical ideas that are put together in a coherent and fun manner.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Another wonderful effort by Phideaux. Ever since Doomsday Afternoon, it really seems as if he can do no wrong. This is a solid rocking effort of a song with a little difference from other work of his. The women who contribute so much to the sound of all Phideaux efforts are missing here, but ... (read more)

Report this review (#423962) | Posted by mohaveman | Monday, March 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars In eager anticipation of the release of Snowtorch, I've decided to whet my appetite for more Phideaux. So, I've picked the remains from the now defunct 7 ' project. The most recent of which is Strange Cloud. It is comprised of a single track clocking in at seven and a half minutes. I suspect the ... (read more)

Report this review (#408720) | Posted by R-A-N-M-A | Saturday, February 26, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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