Black Clouds Announce Collect Records Debut Titled ‘Dreamcation’

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, October 26, 2014

I’ve seen Black Clouds perform a few times over the last few years, as the post rock band is from Washington D.C. which is one of the local cities I catch shows in. Over the years they’ve gotten better and better, and have become a band that has started to gain some exposure outside of the D.C. scene. Black Clouds will release their sophomore effort Dreamcation on November 3rd via Collect Records. It finds them switching gears a bit and offering material that has some bright spots mixed in with the darker atmospherics of their debut. I’m excited to see these guys gain a larger audience, and based on the track “Some Of Us Are Meant To Disappear” (which you can check out below) it sounds like they deserve the exposure.

Collect Records, the independent label founded by Geoff Rickly (Thursday/No Devotion/United Nations), and Washington DC’s Black Clouds are proud to announce the band’s forthcoming full-length album titled Dreamcation. Produced by the acclaimed J. Robbins and mixed & mastered by Chris Common (Isis, Mars Volta, Pelican), Dreamcation is the stunning and cinematic follow-up to the post-rock and metal experimentalists’ debut showcase, Everything Is Not Going To Be OK, and will be released on Tuesday, November 4. Stream “Some Of Us Are Meant To Disappear” from Dreamcation HERE.

Having recently completed a US tour with United Nations and Frameworks, Black Clouds will be making an appearance at Glasslands in Brookyn, NY on Tuesday, October 28 with labelmates No Devotion, Ricky Eat Acid and Creepoid. Additionally, the band will be performing a hometown record release show at the Black Cat in Washington DC on Friday, November 21. Preorder for Dreamcation and information on tickets for the upcoming shows can be found on Collect Records’ official homepage,

The final minutes of Black Clouds’ debut album did not have a happy ending: In a spoken word coda, Clutch’s Neil Fallon repeatedly informs the listener that “everything is not going to be OK,” and despite the fact this had already been well communicated by the album itself, this was the first time that language had been used to articulate its quasi-nihilism. For this Washington DC-based trio, it was a rare but vivid show-me-and-tell-me moment.

Which is to say that Dreamcation, Black Clouds’ sophomore effort and Collect Records debut, is a significantly different kind of record. That sense of doom, once mined for its power, is more effectively harnessed for a nuanced energy – the darkness curbed just enough to let the light in – and the result is alternately aggressive and ambient, often in the same song, and sometimes in the same part: “Carcosa,” for one, takes equal cues from funeral and ascension, and “Some Of Us Are Meant To Disappear” somehow pummels you into a warm hug. A smart and measured progression, Black Clouds finds itself at their most introspective on Dreamcation, and if this album’s finaleĢ eschews language altogether for a wash of subtle chords and a blissfully ecstatic drone, it’s only because-perhaps-everything is going to be OK after all.

Black Clouds will be making the following appearances in October and November. Dates below.


28 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands (w/ No Devotion, Ricky Eat Acid, Creepoid)

21 – Washington DC – Black Cat (Dreamcation Record Release Show)

Dreamcation track-listing
01. We Begged For The Floods
02. Don’t Look For Me
03. Carcosa
04. And Then I Dove
05. Accept The Mystery
06. Some Of Us Are Meant To Disappear
07. Mt. Rainier
08. Low Places
09. Everyone’s Waiting
10. Perennial

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