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Zen Sum­mer

Pa­per Trail Picked up by Ir­ish la­bel Pa­per Trail Records as its first re­lease, Cloud’s sopho­more al­bum lives us to its ti­tle. Warm, hazy, leisurely and wholly im­mer­sive, Tyler Taormina’s lush, psy­che­delic pop owes much to fel­low sonic-trip­pers Panda Bear, At­las Sound, Lo­tus Plaza, Toro Y Moi. The New York na­tive’s lyrics re­veal the un­cer­tainty of a young man tran­si­tion­ing from youth to adult­hood, but his pro­duc­tion nous is ac­com­plished and ma­ture. Trad­ing on ma­nip­u­lated sounds and re­verb-drenched vo­cals, the dron­ing or­gans and ebul­lient mul­ti­track singing on

Sun­shine Psych dis­play a youth­ful aban­don that is in­stantly ap­peal­ing. Equally, the myr­iad tex­tures of Mantra One and the trop­i­cally tinted Tastes

Bad stretch sim­ple, slow mo­tion melodies to a bliss­ful in­fin­ity. Here’s one cloud that won’t spoil your day. pa­per­trail­

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