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Various Artists - The Desperation Club - A Cloud Tribute Compilation

Various Artists

The Desperation Club - A Cloud Tribute Compilation

Audio Antihero

Released: 13th June 2018 | 35 track indie rock album

This is a collection of songs written by Cloud over the past ten years. The recording project by Tyler Taormina has always been in his own words, an amateur effort, meaning one done of love and not of careering, amongst a group of friends who feel too much and can't get enough of each other. The records were made amongst loved ones and the only people who listened to them for a long time were my best friends, those are the people I was writing for.

His 2013 album, Comfort Songs, featured a manifesto entitled the Desperation Club written for those who Taormina felt a kinship with in the aforementioned feeling too much. After ten years of Cloud, the band has decided to bring it to a close the way it began, in basement recording studios with a revolving door of friends and local heroes laying down the tracks on Cloud albums each summer. What better way to bring the chapter to a close than to hear the Desperation Club in song, all together, celebrating a suburban community bloomed to become so much more.

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This has been an incredibly warming and strange experience over the past few months for Jamie from Audio Antihero and I to hear covers from our friends coming in. Each one brought to me a sense of nostalgia for the song being covered, when it was written/recorded or simply remembering the fact that the song had existed. And laced with that feeling was the comforting presence of a friend who was singing the new version, their interpretation of the tune many times actually better performed than the original versions, some of which date back to when I was 18 old. I've heard all of the covers once and had a really intense experience nearly every time I heard them. I'm not sure if I can hear them all again but I know the impressions they've left on me are enormous and speak volumes to the talent of the friends that I've made throughout the years.

I'm quite glad we did this for a few reasons, and I must say the main reason is to prompt these friends of mine to keep making as much music as they possibly can before we all get old and boring.

Thanks everyone for contributing and for listening and supporting Cloud over the years. For new listeners, I hope that this compilation can serve as a guide to some of the tunes we've been brewing up over the years. - Tyler Taormina / Cloud