Cloth – in session for John Kennedy – Radio X – October 28, 2022 – Radio X, London –
Cloth tonight. New faces – new debut ep and debut album. Cloth are Rachel and Paul Swinton, brother and sister from Glasgow. They decided to form Cloth in 2016 while still in College and didn’t start playing in front of audiences until 2018 when they had enough songs until their collective belts and were confident enough around audiences and happy with the sound they were making to start sending out the message. Primarily gigging around Glasgow during the early period, they started to catch notice from the likes of BBC 6 Music and Radio X who were instrumental in getting Cloth out to a larger audience, such as this session done for Radio X only a few days ago.
By their own admission, it’s been a process and the care and feeding of a distinctive sound that characterizes Cloth. Rachel’s other-worldly voice, matched with Paul’s atmospheric guitar and nicely paired and it’s been something they’ve been working on over the past few years, but much of their sound has been arrived at by accident. And through those accidents they arrived at what has been described as a sonic identity.
The end result is as striking as it is profound. And as both Rachel and Paul put it, they are nowhere finished with the experiment yet. Still experimenting and discovering.
So in the meantime, here’s a sampling of Cloth and an introduction to a band you will be hearing much about in the coming months. A lot of touring is in the cards, as well as a projected trip to the U.S. – a band very much on the radar as one to catch in concert.
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