Three Albums That Changed My Life: Cleopold

Switzerland-born artist Cleopold released his debut EP earlier this month. Titled Altitude & Oxygen, it came out via Detail Records, a new imprint label created by Chet Faker. It’s rare to hear such a strong take on a totally well-done sound, but Altitude & Oxygen is refreshing, beautiful and comforting all at once.

Cleopold will be visiting Australia for a short tour later this year, having already visited as main support for Chet Faker’s tour last year – check out the dates below. We wanted to get to know him a little better before he touched down, so we ask him to share three albums that changed his life.

Hanson – Middle of Nowhere

This is the first album I ever bought from a record store when I was 7 or 8 growing up in Switzerland. My father suggested it while we were shopping together. I was a choir boy growing up and sung with the Knaben Kantorei Basel, which was an 80 piece vocal choir. I listened to it and remember thinking perhaps one day I could sing in the same style as MMMbop. 

Elliot Smith – XO

My older brother had this CD kicking around and showed me some of the songs in my early teens. I never really listened to the lyrics at that time but fell in love with his voice and the way it sounded with his tightly stacked vocal doubles and fragile singing style. Sweet Adeline was a song I listened to on repeat for a long time and I remember listening to it on my way to high-school. I was also learning to play the guitar at the time, so I took it to my guitar teacher and asked him to show me how to play it.

Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R

This album was another one that I found on my older brother’s shelf. The stand out track for me that quickly made its way onto my repeat playlist, consisting of one song, was Into The Fade, which opens with a Rhodes or Wurlitzer that resonated with me and inspired me to explore more of their catalogue and live performances.

 Cleopold Australian Tour Dates

Sat 6 Aug: LTR ON @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sat 13 Aug: Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne
Fri 19 Aug :Cats @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide
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