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Cloud — Plays with Fire
(Audio Antihero no#, 2018, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-04-29

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Tyler Taormina (aka Cloud) released his debut album, Comfort Songs, in 2013. On March 9, 2018 he returned with his new album Plays with Fire. Plays with Fire is a set of nine songs dealing with life’s lessons and love accompanied by swells of feedback, effects, electronics, and electric guitar. “Happer’s Laugh” kicks off the album with acoustic guitar and singing over a Frippertronic-like foundation. “Two Hands Bound” is a catchy and rhythmic fun song with beautiful vocal harmonies. “Me, Her and Lavender” voices Tyler’s anxieties as a catchy dream pop song with strong processed guitar. “Oh, So Juvenile” is a dreamy love song about regretted behavior. There is some wonderful gothic western guitar work on the beautifully dreamy “Heartfluttered,” lending it a retro sound. “Wildfire” is a wonderfully layered melodic and engaging love song with reversed sounds and sequencers. “Mary Goes Mad Again” closes the album with its layers of crowd noises and conversations, electronics, guitars, etc. for an eerie song sung by Marie Ebacher. Plays with Fire is a cohesive and flowing album that does not repeat itself. Incorporating various experimental elements along with melodic and catchy phrases, Tyler has created songs that hint at darkness, but also bring lightness to your ears.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Cloud (Tyler Taormina)

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http://musicbycloud.bandcamp.com/album/plays-with-fire

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