I’ve been following Cloud Castle Lake for a few years now: they played the first gig I put on, in Limerick, back in 2011, and I had them in my list of acts to watch out for in 2013. So you can understand how delighted I was that they’ve finally unleashed a new song in the world, premiering ‘Synch’ on Stereogum yesterday. And Cloud Castle Lake have made a song that exceeds my expectations. Daniel McAuley’s vocals will be familiar for anybody who fell in love with I am the Cosmos’s debut album last year (track 7, ‘Esque’). Here he is telling us that everything is alright, that everything is fine. Honest, it is. He repeats the assurance as the brass section around him warms up. Ooohs that sound like the bird’s song that engages McAuley at the beginning coo throughout its robust, delicate 5.20 minutes. The drum fritters underneath as the trumpet, with the confidence of the National, vies with the McAuley’s soaring voice. Completed by Brendan Jenkinson, Rory O’Connor, Ross Turner and James O’Donohoe, Cloud Castle Lake have made a stunning return that’s been worth waiting for. ‘Sync’ features on the Dandelion EP, out via Happy Valley Records on September 19 in Ireland. You can preorder it here. They play Whelan’s in Dublin the following night, September 20.