“Cloudbusting was the song that made me understand Kate Bush,” the UK singer-songwriter explained in a press release. “I’d never truly got her before I heard it, and it really was a gateway for me. Although it’s lyrically pretty dense (it’s based on Peter Reich’s “A Book of Dreams”), when I first listened to it as a young girl, I interpreted it differently, particularly the chorus. I took away from it this deep feeling of looking forward with optimism and a meeting of the past and the future – melancholy yet hopeful. I loved the synth strings and Kate’s rich, soaring voice.”
She continued: “I covered ‘Cloudbusting’ accidentally, just singing it to myself one day after spending basically a year on my own in and out of lockdown, and it took on another meaning altogether – imagining a hopeful future and reminiscing about the life I used to have. In the world we live in right now, I think a message of hope is really pertinent. And that’s what I felt when I sang the line; ‘the suns coming out’.”
Katie Malco released her debut studio album Failures last June. Revisit our Artist Spotlight Q&A with Katie Malco, and check out her pick in our feature 21 Artists on the Songs That Got Them Through 2020.