Monday, 2 December 2013

Track of the Day: Cloud - Cars & It's Autumn

'It's funny how, I'm happy now I'm singing bout my sadness' utters an emotive Taormina, but with more than a hint of wry irony upon his tongue.

Cars & It's Autumn is the second single taken from NY (via Boston and LA) outfit, Cloud's, incredible LP released back in August on the cult label, Audio Antihero: Specialists in Commercial Suicide. Earning plaudits from the likes of Pitchfork ('astoundingly accomplished') and DiS ('such a rewarding listen') it was a record characterised by off-beat pop sensibilities, nostalgia driven lyrics and ambitious soundscapes.

When I first listened to the album, I too was truly blown away - but amongst the album's many highlights, Cars & It's Autumn stood as one of it's finest moments. A down-tempo and discordant opening passage, thriving on a story of regret and despair, bursts to life at the narrator's realisation, 'It's funny how, I'm happy now I'm singing bout my sadness'. From this moment on, it feels as though the worst is behind us, and the shoots of a better tomorrow are starting to grow.

This commences a beautiful piano sequence, spanning three and a half minutes, which layers with vocal howls, off-kilter percusion and regal brass. It's simply stunning.

At just 21, the shoots of a better tomorrow for Cloud are plain to see for anyone who's had the privilege of being exposed to their music.

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