Cloud — Plays with Fire
(Bandcamp Audio Antihero no#, 2018, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-04-29
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.
Related artist(s): Cloud (Tyler Taormina)
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more