Slow Moving Clouds
Slow Moving Clouds are a Dublin-based post-folk band made up of Aki (vocals, nyckelharpa), Ultan O'Brien (fiddle), and Kevin Murphy (cello, vocals). Their music is an organic mix of the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with baroque strings and post-rock influences.
Their third studio album, Kolmas, represents a deeper dive into the Slow Moving Clouds dreamscape world, weaving Finnish and Irish traditional textures with post-punk drones and contemporary classical shades. It builds on their previous records Os (2015) and Starfall (2018) which established an international reputation for the band and led them to collaborate with bands such as The National, Bon Iver and Jenny Lewis. Kolmas is Slow Moving Clouds most original work to date, pushing boundaries, providing a unique compliment to the current tide of alternative folk waves spreading across Ireland, the UK and Europe. The trio use the Nordic instrument the Nycklelharpa, alongside the Fiddle, Viola, Cello and voice to create their distinctive and singular sound.
Their previous album Starfall was released in October 2018 in association with the PEOPLE music platform, led by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the Dessner brothers (The National).
Their 2015 debut album, Os, 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). The band have participated at the 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