Slow Moving Clouds are a band based in Dublin. They bring together roots in the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals – creating an immersive, atmospheric sound unlike anything you’ve heard before.
The band arrive in Manchester in support of their newly-released second album, Starfall, on which their folk roots merge with indie and experimental influences, expanding the sonic palette and power of their earlier work. The album will be released on the new PEOPLE music platform, led by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the Dessner brothers (The National).
Recent highlights for Slow Moving Clouds include an ongoing collaboration with Bryce Dessner of The National, performances at the 3Arena, Dublin (with Ludovico Einaudi), Sydney Opera House (with Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Swan Loch / Loch na hEala), and at legendary Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes’ ‘Masters of Tradition’ festival.
In 2016 Slow Moving Clouds created the score for Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, a contemporary adaptation of the classical ballet, set in the Irish midlands. The work premiered to critical and popular acclaim at the Dublin Theatre Festival, and was awarded Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards before playing Salford Lowry, Brighton Festival and two runs at Sadler’s Wells. It is currently touring internationally with Slow Moving Clouds performing the score live.
This work built on their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album, Os, which drew comparisons to Icelandic post-rock legends Sigur Ros and Irish traditional supergroup The Gloaming. Os was hailed as ‘a perfect mix of the earthy and the ethereal’ Jim Carroll (The Irish Times); and ‘emotive, euphoric and unique music’ Steve Hunt (fRoots).