Ritual Cloak Releases New Single ‘White Noise’
Out Now via Bubblewrap Collective
Following on from the spacious, glacial electronica of previous single, ‘Opaque Crater’, the 5th March 2021 sees Ritual Cloak release their latest track, ‘White Noise’. Written from the perspective of a close friend of the band before they passed away, and drawing on real-life conversations, the track marks the first introduction of lyrics and vocals (Daniel Barnett) into their sonic arsenal. Woven seamlessly into their traditionally synth-based approach, these new melodic textures work symbiotically with the track’s inherent, bittersweet gravity.
Amidst the darker weight of the subject matter and lyrics, ‘White Noise’ also evokes an ever-burgeoning cocoon of light, offering some calm amidst the chaos. Initially built on the backdrop of arpeggiated synth strings and heart-wrenching vocal melodies, the track swells and evolves unexpectedly over its four minutes. This culminates in an almost triumphant progression of minimalist techno beats that boldly carves out the path forwards, only reaching its full power when each element is conjoined to the next.
The track was completed just a couple of days before the untimely death of their friend, Chris, who was its inspiration. Given he was such a big supporter of the band, it’s a massive shame he was never able to hear it. Naturally, it is dedicated to him.
Ritual Cloak has created this personal ensemble that so many can connect to for their own reasons, a track that embraces a vital memory that will provide a cathartic release for the musicians and the audience. This honest piece will grip you, you can either experience their emotions from the outside and simply press play, or you can find yourselves moving to the emotive arrangement and joining the journey. It’s a reflective piece beautifully delivered.
White Noise starts with the gliding notes bounding from the expansive architecture of this orchestral piece. The repetitive notes provide this stunning symphony feel to the release. The pair tackle a sensitive matter across a sublime soundscape that intensifies and alludes to an outfit emitting such a fierce scenery that the audience believes this is an act surely double its size. The fact that just 2 musicians craft such powerful creations with such honest matters, is something extraordinary.
Ritual Cloak have created this truly moving ensemble, delivered through another expansive far-reaching electronic creation. The immersive aura they’ve developed emits a trance-like state. Lyrically, Ritual Cloak captures that lonesome feeling when you experience loss, their words fused with the essential elements that they’ve used to build the track, this all mirrors that insular and isolated time and headspace. The words that soar through the dense atmosphere of addictive chimes and a persistent beat fused with the forcible clap motion, this in respect keeps the momentum up, just as time continues in the real world, the beat still drives the journey.
Ritual Cloak have used their platform to craft a heartbreaking honesty and precision to their material. Powerful and innovative, an outfit you are destined to appreciate.
‘White Noise’ was released March 5th with the band’s anticipated new album ‘Divine Invasions’ following on 7th May, 2021.
Ritual Cloak is comprised of Daniel Barnett, formerly of the band Samoans, and drummer / producer Andrew Sanders. The duo met in 2013 after Daniel answered an ad for a guitarist to join the backing band for singer Jemma Roper. An instant kinship was struck, with both Daniel and Andrew embracing experimentation and a shared love of electronic music. After the split of Samoans in 2018, the pair began playing around with instrumental textures and piano-led ambient soundscapes, all resulting in their well-received debut in 2019.