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Gayle Cloud


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Ambient mainstream pop

Status:

Most recent release, Many Waters (2010)

See also:

Gayle Cloud's site

Gayle Cloud's MySpace page

CD Baby's page for Gayle Cloud

Comparisons:

Hmm...most performers of ambient pop I've heard tend to be darker, so I'm not sure who to compare her to. Her press mentions Kate Bush and Loreena Mckennitt, but in all honesty I don't hear either of them here. It also mentions Pink Martini, which seems a little more apt, though I don't know their sound well. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Gayle Cloud has a rich, strong voice. Her overall sound is low-key but upbeat. It's also multi-layered and carefully produced for a full sound. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Recommended first album:

Second Chance is the only one we've heard

Recordings:


Second Chance

Release info:

2006

Availability:

See Gayle Cloud's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Gayle Cloud—vocals

Guest artists:

John Pahmer—all instruments except as noted below
Todd Isler—percussion (1, 2, 6, 9, 10)
Mark Vanderpoel—acoustic bass (2, 6, 8, 9, 10)
LaFrae Sci—drums (5, 7); cymbals (10)
Joe Bonadio—djembe (2, 9)
Paul Livant—guitar (1, 9)
Dave Moore—drums (6)

Produced by:

John Pahmer

Comments:

This album has production unusual for such an overall laid-back sound, and that really helps bring the songs to life. Of course, that doesn't mean I should underestimate Gayle Cloud's lovely vocals, which are the focus point, but the well-designed sound helps highlight it in a way that makes this more than the sum of its parts. Stand-out tracks for me are the sweet "Anna's Hope" and the powerful, jazzy "Talaky." (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)


Thanks to Sophia Gurley for work on this entry.

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