Yesterday I had the amazing wonder of getting to see Majical Cloudz at Claremont’s very own favorite record store, Rhino Records. Â Majical Cloudz, comprised of Devon Welsh (vocals) and Matthew Otto Kolaitis (keyboard/beats),Â is a current KSPC favorite and their new album Impersonator is one of my favorite things in a while. Â I actually had somehow missed the memo that they were going to be playing until a couple of hours before the performance so I was still somewhere in the shock/excitement stage when I arrived. Â The record store was sparsely populated and I sidled up to a row of records pretty close to the stage (the M-R section of rock, I believe. Â Notable artists surrounding me included Roxy Music, David Lynch, and inexplicably a 12″ of the Lonely Island’s album (did that really need to be pressed in vinyl?)). Â At first it seemed that the lead singer, Devon,Â was no where to be found (I even thought that maybe a vocal track was being used) but after the song he emerged from behind a shelf where he had been hiding, presumably seated on the floor. Â The whole show seemed to follow the same tone – a solemn yet playful performance of sad, soul-wrenching electronica. Â Majical Cloudz remain remarkably light in their demeanor despite the heavy subject and tone of their music. Â At one point Devon even walked all the way across the record store with his unimaginably Â long mic cord, leaving Matt alone in the back corner. Â Apparently the goal is to someday sing his way out of a venue.
The whole show I stood mesmerized by the music and the performers. Â Matt maintained a sort of lofty nonchalance while Devon sung forcefully into the microphone, his full voice filling the room. Â The whole thing is so stripped down. Â Despite Matt’s stand full of various pedals and keyboards (I actually don’t know what all of those things are called, so we’ll go with pedals and keyboards), Devon sung on a normal mic, one that, from what I could tell, was completely free of any effects. Â His voice just sounds that way (amazing).
After the show I stayed to try to get a station ID for KSPC. Â They said yes, but then they had one of the boys in the crowd record it for us, pretending to be Devon. Â It’s supposed to be a joke on the listener… but it’s also maybe a joke on us. Â We didn’t actually get Majical Cloudz to record anything for us… Â Did we get played? Â Who cares, I got to see them for free.