Cloud Set To Release “Live at Kulak’s Woodshed” May 10th Via Audio Antihero
Live at Kulak’s Woodshed is brief but breathless live recording from Cloud (Tyler Taormina). Recorded during the Plays with Fire period, that acclaimed album offered 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.
This three piece recording sees Taormina perform “Happer’s Laugh” and “Comet Happer” alongside powerful stripped down renditions of classic Comfort Songs material “Authorless Novel” and “Mother Sea” .
You can discover some of the flawless live material below from the forthcoming album. Ahead of it’s release date, Cloud have unveiled a few tracks which perfectly showcase their talent of which will absorb the listener from the get-go.
been playing the songs of Cloud in various formations for a little over a decade now. The project began with me alone playing the piano and the drums— one with my right hand the other with my left— a style I had came upon completely on accident during a piano
lesson when I was thirteen years old. I was trying to explain what the beat and melody together would sound like to my neighborhood piano teacher when I fetched a floor tom in the other room. I was deemed “piano-drum kid.” This was the working method of the
first three Cloud records: Elephant Era, Rocket and lastly Comfort Songs where I became increasingly interested in production value at the cost of being the piano-drum kid. I began bringing in drummers for parts I couldn’t do with just my left hand and on
the next record Zen Summer abandoned the methodology all together to build songs on stage solely through live loops. Throughout the years I’ve had many collaborators involved with Cloud, two of the most prominent being Jonathan Davies and David Yorr. Our
first show together was just after Comfort Songs was released in 2012— it’s very rare that Cloud ever plays live. Each record saw around 5-10 live performances, if that. A noteworthy performance was in 2014, after reading a review criticizing Zen Summer for
being too similar to Animal Collective. I played a show only hours later at a venue called Lot 1 in Los Angeles where Dave Portner stood in the very front row before an audience of maybe thirty people. I began editing the setlist in my head thinking I couldn’t
play a song like “Mantra One” before just saying fuck it and playing one of the better live shows of that album. I was quite relieved to hear his “Cool set, man” afterwards…
Cloud Live at Kulak’s Woodshed is almost literally the only document of the band’s live performance. The bizarre and enchanting studio space in Valley Village was equipped with a five camera setup involving jibs, sliders and a small camera crew around the woodshed. We invited a few friends to come to the recording process and had prepared a set featuring tunes from Comfort Songs, Plays with Fire, and the few remaining songs yet to be released. Other acts including Oren Pine and Mines Falls played as well that night creating a cozy, friendly atmosphere. The recordings for Cloud’s set were mixed and mastered by the wonderful Shaun Oppedisano. I’m quite glad that everything fell into place and that this is the live performance that Cloud can be remembered by. Although the band is primarily a studio effort, we’ve had a tremendously good time playing the few chances we got around to doing so. Thanks for listening.” – Tyler Taormina (2019)