On January 18, 2017, Magic Strawberry Sound, CHEEZE’s record label company, released a statement regarding Cloud’s departure from CHEEZE. While their recent lack of concerts and social media activity seemed odd, the news still came as a shock to all the fans. The reason for his sudden departure remains unclear, but it is speculated that it was a one-sided decision made by Cloud given his recent focus on his personal singles.
The indie band originally started off with four members with their debut album 나홀로 집에 (Home Alone) back in 2011. Two years later, Moody decided to leave the band, and in 2015, Molo left to fulfill his military service, leaving just Cloud and Dalchong. The two continued on to release many hits, including their most popular album Plain. And with their latest album Q, CHEEZE seemed to have been finally getting their much deserved attention which is why this news was even more surprising for many.
As every cloud has a silver lining (no pun intended), Cloud will continue to release his own singles while Dalchong will continue on under the name CHEEZE all by her lonesome. Since they’re still under the same record label, perhaps they’ll even get back together one day for just one more song. A man can hope, right?