Long Island’s Cloud (aka Tyler Taormina and friends) debuted for Audio Antihero 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.
‘Two Hands Bound’ is the album’s second single, full of guitars, percussion and harmonies, a giddy and layered cacophony about good and bad days. This beguiling and uplifting pop song is one of the loosest moments on the upcoming album but it’s not without its darkness. The single is accompanied by an exclusive non-album b-side.
Though operating on a DIY level, Cloud’s music has found praise and support from Pitchfork, Stereogum, GoldFlakePaint, Drowned in Sound, CLASH, Indie Shuffle,TLOBF, IMPOSE, The Alternative, Post-Trash, Nialler9, The Grey Estates, KCRW, DIY Mag, The Burning Ear and BBC 6 Music. ‘Two Hands Bound’ was preceded by the free single,‘Wildfire’, with a video directed by Taormina.