Cloud Cirkus – Cloud Cirkus

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Jacob Samuel (ex-The Poodles, Jekyll and Hyde, Treasure Land, Midnight Sun, The Ring) is one of the finest rock singers of all time if you ask me. With his enormous range, magnificent vibrato and warm, expressive voice he could sing mongolian yak buttercake recipies backwards and I would gladly listen. With The Poodles he became a well known and loved singer in his native Sweden, doing plenty of tv shows and also because he is a down to earth, friendly guy, something I had the honour of experience myself when I got the opportunity to interview him for Stargazed Magazine a couple of years ago.

So when Jacob released the first two singles with Cloud Cirkus last year, my interest was piqued, to say the least. Drawing inspiration from the glorious seventies, this is pretty far removed from what the vocalist did in the more modern sounding style of The Poodles. Here we are treated to some amazing songs that are all organically written in the rehearsal studio and you can hear that the band was not messing around when they said that their mindset was that of the colossuses of the past. Mix the progressive sides of Deep Purple, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and some hints of Yes. “Like a Dream” sound a bit like a long lost The Eagles song while album closer, the epic “On My Watch” marries Deep Purple with early King Crimson. And it is just a thing of beauty.

Samuel is surrounded with a band of sublime talent. The brilliant Johan Lyander handles the ivory tickling and backing vocals, Jarmo Lindell delivers the low frequencies and backing vocals like a boss, the phenomenal guitarist Mathias Venge conjures up the spirit of Ritchie Blackmore (Blackmore on a great day, I might add) while tub thumper, the beautiful named Martin Jonsson could be the illegitimate clone of Ian Paice and John Bonham.
And Samuel then? Well, he does some of his finest singing of his illustrious career and that is saying something, indeed.

So yeah, this is nothing but a world class debut from a world class band. And the songs, man…. the songs! Instead of picking out favorites I point out the only song I’m not tempted to tattoo on my body and that is opener “Come On” which is a bit repetitive but that’s it.
Cloud Cirkus is a DIY-band and I wish them all the success in the world. And that they are doing what they love is something highly evident in the music they create. These are songs created out of passion and pure, unadultered joy. These guys are having so much fun playing and performing their songs and you really can hear it.

Artist: Cloud Cirkus
Title: Cloud Cirkus
Rating: 9/10
Label: Independent release
Release date: December 2th 2022
Standout tracks: You of All People, Like a Dream, On My Watch
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Cloud Cirkus – Cloud Cirkus

January 22, 2023

"Cloud Circus is a DIY-band and I wish them all the success in the world. And that they are doing what they love is something highly evident in the music they create. These are songs created out of passion and pure, unadultered joy."

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