SLOW MOVING CLOUDS are a band based in Dublin, Ireland. 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 are touring the UK and Ireland in autumn 2018 in support of their 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 in October 2018, with digital distribution in association with the new PEOPLE music platform, led by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the Dessner brothers (The National).
Recent highlights for Slow Moving Clouds include participation in the 2018 PEOPLE residency/festival at Funkhaus, Berlin; performing at Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork (with The National); the 3Arena, Dublin (with Ludovico Einaudi); Sydney Opera House (with Teac Damsa’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 Teac Damsa’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 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, and was awarded Best Production at the 2017 Irish Theatre Awards. 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 ‘rich, intriguing and accomplished’ Jim Carroll (The Irish Times); and ‘emotive, euphoric and unique music’ Steve Hunt (fRoots).
SLOW MOVING CLOUDS are:
AKI (nyckelharpa, vocals): Through various projects Aki has played a significant part in introducing and utilising the nyckelharpa in Irish music. He also plays experimental string instruments of his own design, the viola da petto and the violyra, in order to create an innovative and unique approach to traditional Irish tunes as well as other styles of music.
He has also conducted Arts Council funded action research on the commonalities and links between Finnish and Irish music.
ULTAN O’BRIEN (fiddle): Ultan O’Brien is a fiddle player and violist active in the worlds of performance, composition, and education. Ultan began learning the fiddle at a young age from a variety of musicians in county Clare. He has since studied contemporary and classical music for violin in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and with Tamás Ittzés in the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.
Alongside Slow Moving Clouds, Ultan performs, tours and records traditional and contemporary Irish music as a soloist & with a number of groups/bands including traditional Irish music ensemble Skipper’s Alley and the Scottish/Irish/Manx collaboration Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey.
KEVIN MURPHY (cello, vocals): Kevin Murphy is an experimental cellist and composer whose dynamic and innovative approach continues to challenge the accepted scope of music for cello. He has been involved in numerous collaborations over the past 25 years spanning several genres. He has played with notable rock/avant garde artists such as The Band, Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) and Gavin Friday. Kevin has also collaborated with notable Irish folk artists such as John Spillane and Pauline Scanlon. He is a founding member of renowned experimental Irish bands Seti The First and Slow Moving Clouds. Seti The First’s debut album Melting Cavalry received critical acclaim both at home and abroad and two tracks were featured on The Waterboys’ latest album Out of All this Blue, with vocal overdubs from Mike Scott.
Kevin has co-composed the soundtrack to Academy Awards long-listed Juanita Wilson’s film Tomato Red. He also co-composed the score for The Lodgers which was selected for the Toronto Film Festival 2018