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Cloud - Wildfire - Single
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Cloud

Wildfire - Single

Audio Antihero

Released: 9th February 2018 | 2 track indie rock single

Long Island's Cloud (aka Tyler Taormina and friends) debuted for Audio Antihero in 2013 with the lauded Comfort Songs LP. Taormina returns in 2018 with his new album 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. Cloud's previous LPs have found praise and support from Pitchfork, Stereogum, GoldFlakePaint, Drowned in Sound, CLASH, Indie Shuffle, KCRW, FM4 and DIY Mag and BBC 6 Music's Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq.

Wildfire is the lead single from the upcoming new album. Decidedly homemade, with processed beats and loops as well as guitar from Infinity Girl's Nolan Eley. It's one of the more immediately accessible moments from the new album, chanted, frantic and vibrant, recalling hints of Panda Bear Electronics, Animal Collective Psychedelia, Mazzy Star fog and Cocteau Twins atmospherics. This is pop music for a long walk on a chilly day.

This single is accompanied by a music video which Taormina directed in Los Angeles, one which revels in the sinister side of a good time, and an exclusive non-album B-Side. Watch Your Mind Wander is a brave statement in its own right, near 10 minutes of tenderness and melancholy, it glimmers and glistens as it loops to its gentle conclusion. It's a powerful comedown from the frenetic crash of Wildfire and offers yet another hint of what's to come on the forthcoming Plays With Fire LP.

"Astoundingly accomplished."
Pitchfork
"Glossy dream-pop production with deeply confessional lyrics"
Stereogum
"Such a rewarding listen"
Drowned in Sound
"A great record"
Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music
"It shimmers with reverbed vocals and driven rhythms that swell and unfurl like green shoots under the springtide sun. His plush, whorling dreampop riffs interweave to form an engrossing atmosphere"
Gold Flake Paint
"Slow motion melodies stretching to a blissful infinity. Here’s one cloud that won’t spoil your day."
The Irish Times
"Reminiscent of Panda Bear or Toro Y Moi, the gentle arrangement is matched to a delicate vocal which hints at something darker"
Clash Music
"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
"When you listen to it you'll realise how much Cloud has developed between his two albums, the range of sound has broadened but instead of sprawling into extravagance, it has become more focused and defined. It's exciting to think about just how good Cloud can get at this trajectory"
The 405
"Bright-eyed, wondrous…he sounds like he possesses the keys to another universe."
DIY Mag