Deserves all the adjectives befitting a classic album. Genius. Sincerely groundbreaking indie rock." -Pop Matters review of "Aurora Borealis"
In the year 2002, shortly after the unexpected death of his two year old son Kaidin, singer/songwriter Craig Minowa wrote over a hundred songs to deal with the loss. He called his solo project "Cloud Cult" and "They Live on the Sun" was finished in 2003 and went to #1 on college radio station charts across the country. Since that album, Cloud Cult's music has been strongly inspired by the "big picture" issues of life: "who are we, why are we here, where did we come from, where do we go". Minowa seems in constant pursuit of the light at the end of the tunnel.

In 2004, released "Aurora Borealis" just six months after They Live on the Sun. Shortly after, Cloud Cult was nominated by the Minnesota Music Awards as “Artist of the Year” along with Prince and Paul Westerberg. With a van covered in solar panels, the band began touring nationally. Cloud Cult's stage show began to garner the attention of national press, as they included two live painters on stage, Connie Minowa and Scott West, as well as back screen video and performance artists.