Montreal duo Majical Cloudz is getting ready to release its second full length of life-affirming minimalist synth jams. Last Friday (Sept. 25), frontman Devon Welsh came through Billboard’s New York office to discuss Are You Alone?, out Oct. 16 on Matador. It just so happened Pope Francis was in town on the same day.
Check out the podcast above to hear Welsh’s expert critical assessment of Pope Francis’ prog-rock song “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” Welsh announces that Majical Cloudz is willing to open for the Pope if he decides to go on tour, a proclamation that turned into a discussion on opening for Lorde during her 2014 North American tour. Welsh also takes us behind the scenes of guesting in Grimes’ “Oblivion” music video. Other topics of discussion include the Protestant Reformation (seriously), a time Majical Cloudz led their audience in a push-up competition, and why Smashing Pumpkins' music is actually kind of funny.