Pride Profiles: Gadget and the Cloud

Photo by @isi.dorra

To celebrate Pride, we’ll be highlighting a different Irish artist from the LGBTQIA+ community each day in June as part of our Pride Profiles series.

By Clare Martin

Listen If You Like

Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Brian Eno

Who She Is

The first time I listened to Gadget and the Cloud’s latest EP Things I’ll Never Say, I was immediately reminded of Little Big Planet, a whimsical video game that transports you to an ethereal world fastened together with jewel-bright colours and rich textures. Gadget and the Cloud, aka Kelly Doherty, likewise whisks you away with her brilliantly layered electronic music. 

The Cork artist crafts a magnificent sonic tapestry, binding together glimmering synths, ambient nature sounds, and deeply distorted voices. The end result is transcendental, wrapping itself around you until you forget quite where you are. “It Never Felt Right” promises to make your heart swell as the track crescendos, lifting you up to some dreamy, unimaginable landscape. Her 2018 album Songs for Sad People to Dance To does exactly what it says on the tin, in the best way possible. The record captures a sense of isolation, but in the process forges a connection, like a lone lamp shining in a window. At the end of the day, though, words fail when it comes to Gadget and the Cloud’s atmospheric art; it simply must be experienced.

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