Cloudbelly – I Know I Know I Know Album Release Tour

Sug Daniels, Samantha Rise

Thursday, March 14, 2024
Doors: 6pm | Show: 8:30pm
$16

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Cloudbelly is an award-winning indie folk band from Western MA with a sound that is at once intimate and cinematic. The group is fronted by singer-songwriter Corey Laitman, a former member of the NYC antifolk scene and Signature Sounds record label, whose ethereal poeticisms are delivered in a spellbinding voice that tips its cap to Sufjan Stevens and Joni Mitchell in equal measure. Laitman is joined by guitarist and ambient sound sculptor Sam Perry (SVIP), drummer, producer, and sound mangler Nate Mondschein (who often works under the moniker of Best Mann), and bassist/keyboardist/arranger Reed Sutherland (a stalwart of the Western Mass music scene and a gaming music composer by day), whose lush strings thread each Cloudbelly track with a new nostalgic dimension. Cloudbellyʼs music has been recognized by the Kerrville New Folk Competition, New Song at Citizen Vinyl, WBUR Tiny Desk Roundup, and Signature Sounds Record Label. The band has played Green River Festival, Arcadia Folk Fest, and Meadowlark Festival, sharing the stage with Bonny Light Horseman, Sean Rowe, Josh Ritter, and many others. Next up for the band is an extended US tour beginning in February 2024 in support of their new album. On their latest project, the forthcoming LP,i know i know i know, the quartet merges their individual superpowers to create a collection of tracks that flirts with experimentalism without ever abandoning its tether to a recognizable emotional bedrock. The record features everything from hook-heavy indie rock anthems to tender folk ballads, left-of-center art-pop odes to hypnotic, haunting meditations; but each highlights Laitmanʼs unique ability to send listeners spiraling into reverie, only to grab them by the collar and set them back on solid ground. Corey wrote the bulk ofi know i know i know in the aftermath of the consecutive, tightly-timed implosion of two formative relationships. The album is - among other things - a document of their sincere effort to grieve; to remember; to take stock; to get angry; to forgive; and to reconcile the painful necessity of those relationships coming to an end. The albumʼs title (drawn from the chorus of its second single, “Handfuls”) points to that knifeʼs edge divide, between the understanding of the way things are, and the seeming impossibility of embracing it. i know i know i know––acceptance and hesitation packaged in a single turn of phrase. Itʼs about confronting the fact that when it comes to healing and recovery, we are both the poison and the medicine. Itʼs about being present with the parts of ourselves that are in pain. The bones of i know i know i know were recorded at Ghost Hit Recording in West Springfield, MA, with additional layers added and manipulated over the subsequent months from Nateʼs production studio, Echo Base, in Mount Holly, VT, and Reedʼs home base, The Barn. The album was mixed by Andrew Oedel at Ghost Hit, and mastered by Anni Abigail Casella. The first single from the record, “November,” was released on December 1st, 2023, premiering on Glide Magazine. Two additional singles will drop in early 2023, with the full album set for release via Strange Library Records on February 23rd, 2024. Cloudbellyʼs music has been recognized by the Kerrville New Folk Competition, New Song at Citizen Vinyl, WBUR Tiny Desk Roundup, and Signature Sounds Record Label. The band has played Green River Festival, Arcadia Folk Fest, and Meadowlark Festival, sharing the stage with Bonny Light Horseman, Sean Rowe, Josh Ritter, and many others. Next up for the band is an extended US tour beginning in February 2024 in support of their new album.
Sug Daniels is a Delaware born singer-songwriter and producer based out of Philadelphia who is using the tools around her to capture the emotions of an era. Daniels’ work is as colorful, vulnerable, and charismatic as her personality. She thoughtfully combines elements of folk, R&B, and soul alternatives to create personal and tender music interlaced with messages of truth and positive change. Growing up in the rural town of Smyrna, Delaware, Sug had felt first-hand both the extreme joy and the major isolation that many LGBTQ+ people experience in Southern Baptist-style churches. After coming out, she left the church but continued her journey armed with the love of powerful music and celebration of community. She currently resides in the city of Philadelphia, and is continuing to create music to share and inspire those around her. After leading two successful musical projects, Hoochi Coochi and FlowCity, Sug has set out to create solo music that reflects her current views and personal stories. Notably, Sug released a four song self produced EP Franklin Street through Brooklyn women run music label Weird Sister Records in September, 2021. In her first year as a solo artist she gained major national attention with her work with The Black Opry Revue, played The 60th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, and released a highly celebrated cover of Jill Scott’s “Golden” featuring Samuel Nobles as a recipient of the Black Music City grant. She’s opened for John Oates of Hall and Oates, Buffalo Nichols, Son Little, and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. Sug is just getting started on what is sure to be some of the most innovative and creative music of the decade.
Music is your birthright. Your voice belongs as it is, you belong as you are. We can’t be afraid and sing at the same time. These are the tenets and principles that guide Samantha Rise, a non-binary songcatcher and performer based in Philadelphia. As a self described 'pollinator’ performer, their songs collect and evoke their myriad influences, across labels of genres and medium. Samantha’s passion for music and community building are the heart of their work; a student of jazz, improvisation, social justice movements and the music that drives them, Samantha encourages a unique vulnerability with their audiences, reminding us all that music is our birthright, and a technology of healing, transformative justice and self-determination. An award-winning songcatcher, Rise's music is sensual and staggering in its accounts of what it means to allow ourselves to be known; giving voice to heartbreak, hope and all the spaces between, wherever words fail. Through their music, Samantha Rise invites us to listen for our own music, and to sing in the world we know is possible. Rise's debut release, Brighter Days, landed in four installments over the solstice and equinox in 2019.