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Zen Summer

by Cloud

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1.
first I step with my left then I step with my right feel my breath see my palms as I wander like my mind to be a tree ainʼt my plan but to be a better man and while Iʼm here keep my cool find my way like people do you know itʼs all just some dream but only in the way it seems is in your mind- even still Iʼll make peace with this I will or lick your teeth through your lips in some act of defiance I havenʼt loved you since we were kids but now Iʼm lost in Los Angeles the isness song
2.
hold on tight your magic mind will take you high and drop you down Iʼll admit it makes no sense the stigmas we give our home towns cause I like when our house is full of life and when friends stick around but go your way Iʼll smile today my muddy feet grow flowers now youʼve got to make it work to make it work oh my heart that sunʼs gonna drop but sheʼsʼ grateful just to be alive and I exist and spoil it by hugging stories in my mind but I like when your mouth is full of sunny words or kissing mine but say it, friend, over again Iʼm alright! youʼve got to make it work to make it work
3.
Mantra One 04:18
Mantra one is Donʼt worry, Ty through slack jaws and those spyglass eyes see Ken predicted wonderful flow and it shows I was dancing on the plateau what was I so nervous for? and Steve said how it comes in waves I hang ten closes those eyes they say to just breathe Mantra two is to hold the pen a dagger for those pessimists but I learned all the wonderful words - itʼs hard at first donʼt forget the wonderful words! Rich said that he “gets to work and breathe” So you lie and they take When you pull, they pull it all away Mantra three is to let it be
4.
Luana 03:55
when your life is rough and you want to be free like my friends once did drop a rope for me not to hang about but to climb safely drop a rope for you and youʼll see what I mean try not dying to come up from bottom rock then youʼll want to be all those things you see sucking in your world fills your void high teeth how I want to be like those car commercials drop a rope for you and youʼll rise for sure try not dying to come up from bottom rock how does it feel on bottom rock? itʼs so surreal on bottom rock youʼll make it through that bottom rock I know you will on bottom rock just call me up on bottom rock iʼll say whatʼs up on bottom rock
5.
And I need a song to calm me down or a friendʼs hand to grab at David Weldʼs and I fear to go too far on my own so now I need a song to calm me down or a mental map to roam David Weldʼs sometimes I need a song to say; Singing in sunny tones even when I am alone laughing at no oneʼs jokes even when I am alone and I told myself that I wouldnʼt cry with a backpack glance and a cardboard eye Iʼm just happy now that I know for sure itʼs gonna be a girl Now I need a song to calm me down or a friendʼs face to touch at David Weldʼs what a mess to find your way on your own you always need a song to calm you down and youʼll never ever be somewhere else we both saw the renoir sky but I got some shit still on my mind; want to be far from home oh no, now I am alone so far safe from sunny tones even when I am alone and I told myself that I wouldnʼt cry you can tell yourself but itʼs up to your eyes Iʼm just happy now cause I know for sure sheʼs gonna be a girl well I need a song to calm me down and or maybe ashʼs lap to lay at david weldʼs likely all this wantingʼs gonna psych me out and Iʼll need a song to calm me down and whatever so it goes is there a safe zone? Thereʼs no safe zone Iʼll find a safe zone singing with sunny tones even when I am alone laughing at no ones jokes even when I am alone and I told myself that I wouldnʼt cry you can tell yourself but itʼs up to your eyes Iʼm just happy now that I know for sure sheʼs gonna be a girl itʼs gonna be a girl
6.
I felt an awful big size oh joy to glow with my friends all by my electrical sides on my electrical mind and Now sit along the state line tall grass or molten on either side and my electrical smile let it beat on other oneʼs eyes I felt awakening light clear lake projected upside my oh my american eyes now all my mornings can be light I say to stay open wide enjoy the grass that lies on your on side and your electrical wish let it be discovered in foolishness I felt an awful big size I felt an awful big size I felt an awesome recline one love is more than I need but Iʼll say “I say I donʼt mind” donʼt leave my narcissus side cause I felt an awful big size thought greg said “donʼt worry” in his song now my electrical pain has seeped to grass and made fade away i say to stay open wide oh joy to glow with my dad all on my electrical side shares my electrical eyes and now sit along the state line california mountains creep up on on our imagining day when all the clutter has gone away i felt an awful big size i felt an awful big size
7.
Zen Summer 01:56
8.
Tastes Bad 05:26
wash cloth notice tongue-tied tastes good focus car night teeth glow tastes right go to grocer drink wine moonlit feel me honest learn how lighthouse tastes bad sure mind far from tired eyes light switch big noise closed blinds tastes bad feel good honest light heart savage nowʼs bad tension roll through taste it blueboy air france fearon pop kiss so hard to feel normal tastes good tastes bad tastes bad tastes bad
9.
One way out is to die one way in is to slow down and in this life donʼt be scared thereʼs an ending in your out-breath but you never even noticed that but I say what if iʼve asked the wrong question? and If I donʼt know what I want what if it hurts so bad that I canʼt feel my legs from my hips and my hands? oh how I left humming songs and now I need a ride home wave without gloves and never keep my eyes closed time isnʼt slow so now I need a ride home freedom to the nervous kids like us ascending glow Iʼd never need a ride home be somewhere else and always keep my mouth shut oh so it goes cause now I need a ride home freedom for all of the nervous ones one way out is to whine one way in is to count the good things itʼs your life- donʼt be scared you know mud it leads to a lotus you canʼt get there without that step and I ask do you feel trapped inside yourself? Iʼll be your friend no matter what mud it can hurt so bad that you canʼt tell your head from your palms and your plans oh how I left humming songs and now I need a ride home wave without gloves and never keep my eyes closed some time isnʼt slow so now I need a ride home freedom to the nervous kids like us ascending glow Iʼd never need a ride home be somewhere else and always keep my mouth shut oh so it goes cause now I need a ride home freedom for all of the nervous ones
10.
Night Ride 06:24
11.
Rainbow Road 04:59
if I was on rainbow road then I wouldnʼt be so far from home I want to make you laugh Iʼve got to make it all better try to make it last you know iʼve been practicing my breathing but I overthink and end up missing the moment got to make us laugh going to make it all better cause Iʼm-- trying to be okay with everything but all my hands grab on way too tight to all those things that once had made me happy oh no, let go breath by breath iʼve been trying to be okay with leaving every room I step inside been slowing moments when I get the chance to see my friends sometimes if I was on rainbow road then I wouldnʼt be so far from home I want to make you laugh but end up missing the moment try to make it last you know iʼve been practicing my breathing got to make us laugh Iʼve got to make us feel better but I over think Iʼm going to make it all better cause Iʼm-- trying to be okay with everything but all my hands grab on way too tight to all those things that once had made me me and oh no, let go breath after breath iʼve been trying to be okay with leaving every one that says goodbye been slowing moments when I get the chance to hug my friends sometimes I like when our house is full of life and friends you call the best I like when our house is full of life

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Press Quotes for Cloud:

"Astoundingly accomplished." - Pitchfork

“Glossy dream-pop production with deeply confessional lyrics” – Stereogum

“Reminiscent of Panda Bear or Toro Y Moi, the gentle arrangement is matched to a delicate vocal which hints at something darker”. – Clash Music

"When you listen to it you'll realise how much Cloud has developed between his two albums, the range of sound has broadened but instead of sprawling into extravagance, it has become more focused and defined. It's exciting to think about just how good Cloud can get at this trajectory". - The 405

"Cloud know their way around a pop song, and for all of the album's off-beat charms, and occasionally hard-to-grasp content, it's a true pop heart which can be found at the centre of every song that helps to make this such a rewarding listen - Drowned In Sound

"It shimmers with reverbed vocals and driven rhythms that swell and unfurl like green shoots under the springtide sun. His plush, whorling dreampop riffs interweave to form an engrossing atmosphere". - Gold Flake Paint

"Slow motion melodies stretching to a blissful infinity. Here’s one cloud that won’t spoil your day." - The Irish Times

"A great record." - Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music)

"Great!" - Eric Lawrence (KCRW)

"Tyler Taormina’s second album is a beaut, a smart set of lush, hazy pop with just the right veneer of electronic whirr and friction." - Jim Carroll

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released April 27, 2015

Written and Recorded by Tyler Taormina
Mixed by Cole Verderber
Mastered by TJ Lipple

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