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Cloud - Plays with Fire


Plays with Fire

Audio Antihero

Released: 9th March 2018 | 9 track indie rock album

Debuting with the lauded Comfort Songs LP, Long Island's Cloud (akaTyler Taormina and friends) returns with Plays With Fire. Nine songs and 32 minutes of quiet optimism and greying nostalgia, mixing the wide-eyed naïveté of Jonathan Richman with the cold-weather pop of Yo La Tengo and the fractured soundscapes of Galaxie 500. Though operating on a DIY level, Cloud's previous two LPs have found praise and support from Pitchfork, Stereogum, GoldFlakePaint, Drowned in Sound, CLASH, Indie Shuffle, The 405, KCRW, FM4 and DIY Mag and BBC 6 Music's Tom Ravenscroft, Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe (quotes below).

"Astoundingly accomplished…taking his black parade out of the basement and into the streets."
"Glossy dream-pop production with deeply confessional lyrics"
"I find a time for reflection, a confirmation of life and its wonder, and a sense of belonging… And I know, years down the road, this will remain a landmark album for me, with just the same resonant power."
Gold Flake Paint
"Reminiscent of Panda Bear or Toro Y Moi, the gentle arrangement is matched to a delicate vocal which hints at something darker."
"Bright-eyed, wondrous…he sounds like he possesses the keys to another universe."
"It's the sound of someone facing up to the age-old problem of growing up too soon and all the trials and tribulations that come along with that."
Drowned in Sound
"Swells of white noise in the background paired with the keyboard and drum machine beat creates a breezy energy as the slinky vocals float atop effortlessly."
Indie Shuffle
"A great record"
Thomas Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music