Destined to remain underground
The Australian quartet's second album bears a title that is grounded in truth: much of the music was indeed recorded in a cave.
Quite what they hoped to achieve in such an out-of-the-way location is anyone's guess, but this comparatively conventional pop-rock collection is none the worse from it.
Their knack for writing smart, honest songs is evident on The Smoke, the Feeling – which is indebted to Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. Never a bad thing, that.
Lead single Dojo Rising is similarly well crafted and its inherent catchiness could send Cloud Control in the same upward trajectory enjoyed by compatriots The Temper Trap.
Elsewhere, though, the whiff of half-baked material is hard to ignore with the slow and ponderous Tombstone particularly pedestrian.
Key tracks: The Smoke, the Feeling; Dojo Rising