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Tide Creeps Like A Thief

by Codes In The Clouds

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Every now and then something happens, where the simplest idea can come to life in minutes. Usually with Codes In The Clouds, it can take weeks for a piece of music to turn into a song. Tide Creeps Like A Thief, however, was written very differently. This is the first track we’re sharing from our forthcoming new album.

In early 2013 I had a piano melody going over and over in my head for a couple of weeks and eventually found some time to sit down and record it. I initially recorded the piano melody so that I could possibly come back to it later if I had any idea what to do with it. After recording the piano piece, I instantly thought it sounded ‘too nice’, pretty, but too nice.

I’d recently discovered a Saxophone player by the name of Colin Stetson who was using a single instrument and a loop station to record different tones and variations of notes on the saxophone to create pieces of music. The thing that stood out the most whilst watching Colin Stetson perform was the idea of blowing so hard into a saxophone that it created a distorted wall of sound effect. I wanted to mimic that effect across the whole of the track. I was so encapsulated by the sound of distorted brass that I experimented by just using distortion on any recorded brass instrumentation I had. The French Horn that is prominent towards the middle-end of the track is also the same brass you can hear at the beginning through the ‘wall of sound distortion effect’.

I hope you enjoy.

x Ciaran,

Codes In The Clouds


released July 5, 2019


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Codes In The Clouds UK

Melancholic yet uplifting, polished yet unhinged, delicate yet powerful. It’s not exactly easy to pin down the versatile–but always heartfelt–sound of Codes in the Clouds. Their debut single, ‘Distant Street Lights/Fractures’ won instant acclaim from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and paved the way for the success of their debut album Paper Canyon (2009) and its follow-up As The Spirit Wanes (2011). ... more

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