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New Frog Record! Nov 30th! Pre-Order!

It’s been a long time since Kind of Blah but Frog will be issuing their Whatever We Probably Already Had It at the end of the month. Limited cassettes and lossless digital Go pre-order on Bandcamp and check out the singles on Spotify.

The “Something to Hide” single was premiered on The Grey Estates.

The “American” single was premiered on Various Small Flames.

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Out Now: Benjamin Shaw – “Megadead”

Benjamin Shaw‘s Megadead album is out now. You can get it from Bandcamp digitally for $1 (or more), plus there’s tapes ($5) as well as CDs (from Kirigirisu Recordings).

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“Your nails dig into the back of your head and you tug at your hair, wondering how hard you could pull before you finally rip it out of your skull. That’s what it feels like to listen to Benjamin Shaw’s new single…There is something so intensely private about his work, like he is somehow reaching through your headphones and speaking to a part of you which you didn’t know existed. It’s quite rare that a song can make you feel everything at once.” – Atwood Magazine 

“A chameleon of genres, the Melbourne-based shaw has drifted through washes of shoegaze and fields of electronica, melding dissonant drones and folk affectations into an incredibly singular and raw brand of confessional music, its ennui palpable.” – Dimestore Saints 

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Out Now: Benjamin Shaw – “Terrible Feelings!” Single

Hi hi,

In two weeks Benjamin Shaw will be releasing his first album on Audio Antihero since 2014’s acclaimed Goodbye, Cagoule World. Megadead will be out on August 31st, it’s a split release with Kirigirisu Recordings (founded by Neil Debnam of Broken Shoulder and Fighting Kites).

Before that though, check out the lead single “Terrible Feelings!” for a wee idea of what’s to come. It’s also backed with an exclusive b-side that you won’t hear on the album.

If you like reading good music writing, I’d recommend having a look at the premiere feature that Atwood Magazine did for the single.


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Out Now: “The Desperation Club” – A Cloud Tribute Compilation

As we work on retiring my guy Ty, we’ve been lucky find 34 (!) artists with love and affection for Cloud, who wanted to record a cover of his for a brand new tribute album. It has been a beautiful (and weird) experience.

This record includes a hugely eclectic set of covers of songs from every Cloud release, from Audio Antihero alumni like Magana, Benjamin Shaw, Jack Hayter, former compilation guests like Samira Winter, Marblemouth, Antony Harding, as well new artists that include friends, family, former Cloud collaborators and much more. It’s a wonderful thing.

“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 

While I’m here, something else you might have missed was this recent Cloud b-side:


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Out Now: Cloud – “Plays with Fire”

Hello friends,

Happy (and sad) to tell you that Cloud’s Plays with Fire LP is out today. It will likely be the last album from Cloud. We would so appreciate your support.

If you ever felt moved by Comfort Songs or Zen Summer, I’d really suggest immersing yourself in this conflicted and eclectic new album.

“We all listened to this record for the first time on February 17th, 2017 in my Los Angeles apartment in the pitched black darkness, no cell phones. The music was blasting loud and there was barely enough room for everyone to sit on the floor of my living room where the cover photo was taken. Something was mov-ing around over our heads in the darkness, it felt right, like an angel of sentimentality. When the album was coming to its close I sensed that something tremendous was ending along with it, but I had no idea as to what…”Tyler Taormina

Early praise for ‘Plays with Fire’:

“The brevity of the album, condensed from several years’ work, actually renders it utterly enigmatic, like a lifetime reduced to a random clutch of snapshots. On Plays With Fire, however, Taormina’s songs are blistered but precious polaroids, glue barely holding them on to the pages of a family album.”Gold Flake Paint 

“A gorgeous tour de force.”Indie Shuffle 

“Cloud’s third album ‘Plays with Fire’ is a spiritual journey through intimate darkness, a poignant and beautiful experience of vulnerability and solitude.”Atwood Magazine

“There are certain records which manage to replicate, musically, serotonin release. Then there are records that contextualise this physical rush within the throws of human experience: friendship, love, memory and the swathes of melancholy that embrace our lives like a sleep. (Plays with Fire) falls dreamily into the latter category.”London in Stereo 

“Keenly characteristic of the current season…begins with the picturesque opaqueness of its predecessor, but quickly blows over into a sunny spring morning, exposing a field’s worth of indie-pop blossoms that teem with vibrant colors and exuberant lifeforms. There’s not a cloud in sight.”The Alternative 

“A madcap romp through far-flung styles and psych-addled planes of existence.”The Line of Best Fit 

“Cloud has been, and always will be, a project about navigating conflicting, hefty emotions, and this process just can’t be done without the help of close friends. “Two Hands Bound” brings four friends into the fold as Taormina explores the burnout that can accompany overworking oneself, but it doesn’t sound labored-over at all; instead, it’s about as effortless as psychedelic music gets.”POST-TRASH 

“Tyler Taormina & friends work their music machines of endless wonder…”IMPOSE 

“Blissful unease defines Cloud. On Plays with Fire, much of the lyrics are somehow simultaneously hopeful and pessimistic, with our narrator hanging out with friends while feeling antisocial or seeking love when he has none to give.”The 405

“…by funneling this through the prism of lush-but-lo-fi pop, the melancholy is at once accentuated and transcended, the often soaring instrumentation lifting what would otherwise be morose thoughts and consuming worries into something almost otherworldly.”Various Small Flames


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Out Now: Cloud – “Wildfire” Single + LP Pre-Order

Cloud’s “Plays With Fire” LP is out on March 9th. It’s going to be great.

Today the album’s lead single is available as a free/pwyw single on Bandcamp (plus Spotify). Huge thanks to Gold Flake Paint, For Folk’s Sake and The Line of Best Fit for helping us with the premieres.

There’s lots of news and music still to come, so keep an eye on Cloud’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and maybe get your pre-order in for the limited edition vinyl.

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Coming soon…”Plays With Fire” by Cloud

Really happy to announce today that Cloud’s new album, Plays With Fire, is out March 9th on Audio Antihero. There will be limited vinyl and lossless downloads.

Lead single “Wildfire” is out February 9th. Keep an eye on GoldFlakePaint, For Folk’s Sake and The Line of Best Fit for premieres.

More details to follow.

If you’d like to say hello to Cloud (Tyler Taormina), you can do so on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.