Majical Cloudz

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Majical Cloudz
Majical Cloudz performing at SXSW in 2013
Majical Cloudz performing at SXSW in 2013
Background information
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active2010–2016
Past members

Majical Cloudz was a Canadian music group from Montreal consisting of singer-songwriter Devon Welsh, and variously Matthew E. Duffy and Matthew Otto. The group disbanded in March 2016.[4]


Welsh, the son of actor Kenneth Welsh and Corinne Farago,[5] began Majical Cloudz as a collaborative open project in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2010. Welsh first collaborated with Duffy, releasing a self-titled cassette on Numbers Station, followed by an EP, Earth to a Friend/Mountain Eyes. They released their debut full-length album II in 2011.[6] Duffy left the group shortly after in 2011.

Otto, an electronic musician with a penchant for abstract soundscapes,[7] joined in 2012, appearing for the first time on the EP Turns, Turns, Turns.[6]

Their second album, Impersonator, was released May 21, 2013 on Matador Records, and was a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.[8] The band toured extensively throughout North America and Europe to support the album, including performances at Toronto's NXNE festival[9] and New York City's Northside Festival.[10] Pitchfork ranked Impersonator as their eighth best album of 2013.[11]

In 2014, Welsh toured with Lorde on the North American leg of her tour.[12]

The band's third album, Are You Alone?, was released on October 16, 2015 to critical acclaim.[13][14][15] The album was nominated for a Juno Award.[16]

In January, 2016, the band released an EP, called Wait And See.[17] The group again collaborated with Owen Pallett, who also appeared on Are You Alone?[7]

On March 4, 2016, Welsh announced on social media that he and Otto were going their separate ways, and that Are You Alone? would be their last full release.[18] Both Welsh and Otto have gone on to pursue other projects.[4]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Earth to a Friend/Mountain Eyes (2011)
  • Turns Turns Turns (2012)
  • Wait & See (2016)


  • Childhood's End (2013)
  • Tour Journals (2014)


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  2. ^ Geslani, Michelle (September 9, 2015). "Majical Cloudz keeps it intimate in new video for "Silver Car Crash" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 6, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Cosores, Philip (January 31, 2016). "Live Review: Majical Cloudz at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (1/29)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 6, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Former Majical Cloudz Members Devon Welsh and Matthew E. Duffy Share a New Album As Belave". Noisey. 2016-03-18. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  5. ^ "We Talked To Majical Cloudz". Vice, January 4, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Lost in the Cloudz". Sydney Morning Herald, June 27, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Cover Story: Majical Cloudz". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  8. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2013 Long List". Exclaim!, June 13, 2012.
  9. ^ "NXNE: Majical Cloudz in pursuit of the perfect song". Toronto Star, June 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "Urgently Trying to Get Messages to Audiences". The New York Times, June 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2013 | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  12. ^ "Majical Cloudz Talks Tour with Lorde, Premieres Tim Hecker's 'Savage' Remix". Billboard, June 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Majical Cloudz: Are You Alone? Album Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  14. ^ "Majical Cloudz 'Are You Alone?' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  15. ^ "Review: Majical Cloudz, 'Are You Alone?'". Spin. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  16. ^ "Drake, the Weeknd, Tobias Jesso Jr., Majical Cloudz, Destroyer, Adele, More Nominated for Juno Awards | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  17. ^ "Majical Cloudz Release Wait & See EP | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  18. ^ "Greener pastures". MAJICAL CLOUDZ. Retrieved 2018-02-03.