Fluere Tapes 01
These cloudsound recordings reflect often upon a longing for commune with stillness, outer and inner cosmos, emptiness, and the infinite. As well as reflections on illusory mind release process, and sympathy for dense human and worldly suffering.
Written & recorded by cloudsound @ Fluere studio between 2001 ~ 2007 in Raleigh, North Carolina and Cedar Rapids, Iowa on various cassette four track machines. Track 30a written by Lee Boyd and Christy Romanick 2008. 30a recorded and produced @ studio Space30a by Christy Romanick.
All music copyright 2014 cloudsound
Photograph copyright Christy Romanick
Cassette layout Liz Pavlovic
cloudsound is Lee Boyd
Featured on WFMU NYC radio program Avant Ghetto
Honest Bag ~
"Earlier today I tried to remember, albeit unsuccessfully, where I heard about Cloudsound, a project of Lee Boyd that always keeps the listener lifted; later, i remembered that it was from Ana, of the venerable Microphones in the Trees. This is the initial effort from Fluere Tapes of Sweden. If subsequent releases can match the overall beauty of the s/t cassette from Cloudsound, then it will be a bright future for Fluere Tapes. Over two sides of tape, outer zone guitar excursions ripple from pulsating speakers. Cloudsound traverses the cosmos, making transitory landings, but never veering from the trichome-laden course of a sonic explorer. Subsequent to the flowers going up in smoke, resplendent clouds billow resulting in a welter of variegated sonic energy orbiting the starry mind endlessly. Crystal-covered ragas; kind jams; meditative hymns; outer zone seekers - this tape has it all. The guitar playing is beautiful and bright - evoking the beauty of Known Quantity-era Willie Lane- trickling out under the glare of sunlight. Blown out bliss cloaks intricate finger picked patterns and drone. Lofi shoegaze makes a brief appearance. Serene drone exists in dense ambient clouds. This tape makes the speakers breath. On the flipside, Cloudsound's ascent continues unscathed. Basho-esque finger picked guitar has a clean sound. Shortly, spacey effects appear, which add a nice element to the recording. Buoyant notes burn brightly until trailing off -heartfelt vibrations. Warm drone emits pulsating light that partly cloaks idyllic strings. There's not a downer on this tape. A little later, a brief stop in psych folk territory catapults us among celestial bodies. The photograph, by Christy Romanick, who also appears in the side A closer, connects nicely to the music. The illustrious Liz Pavlovic is responsible for the layout. Available as a cassette or cd, I highly recommend these jams. On a night when the sky is clear and the stars abundant, this tape provides a nice companion. Both formats were produced in a limited run; secure a copy directly from cloudsound.
Peace and Love, friends :)"
Cassette Gods ~
Mellow meditative guitar jams that sound like old-school longhair rockers after a long night, plugging their guitars in and giving a soundtrack to the sunrise, with the occasional ambient swelling that feels like it needs some whale sounds over it. Actually this whole thing would sound rad with some whale sounds over it. A little bit meditative, a little bit "cool uncle". A little bit smooth, a little bit one-with-nature. A little bit waterfalls, a little bit delay pedal. Growing a beard, chilling in the mystical path with some figs. In my walkman is this tape of sunset desert psych jammers. Music for grown-ups to get high in the wilderness to. Cactuses at night by the fire. Grown-ups let their hair down and go home. Will make your heart go pitter-pat, right into your britches.
Raised By Gypsies ~
"This self titled cassette begins with quiet FNL guitar notes and it has a Lord of the Rings quality to it. It is relaxing but also feels like the perfect soundtrack to a long drive. Back when I lived in Texas, I had a car with a CD player in it and then a van with only a radio and that was when I took the most road trips. Now though, I do have a car once again here in Connecticut and oddly enough it has a tape deck in it. On some level I want to call what is happening post rock, but then it does become a little bit more haunting by the end of it. It has that eerie sort of X-Files vibe to it. Side B has an almost reverse effect as it begins solemnly. It's feedback in a mellow and minimal way. It gets a bit darker before turning into that synth whirr style of Rush and then ultimately ending with space lasers. Really, I would just say that as this is ambient it can paint a picture for you without paint and one of the key factors I remember in my other cloudsound review was that it sounded like something from the ocean where as this self titled cassette seems to have no real designated location except for maybe space. That just helps you to listen to this and create that many more open pathways in your mind as to where you want this music to take you. As opposed to being a straight forward book, with words creating pictures as you read them, cloudsound crafts the "Choose Your Own Adventure". "
The Rainbow Body ~
Soundtracks for moon-gazing. Analog guitar explorations reminiscent of Roy Montgomery, Flying Saucer Attack, etc. Excellent.
Geology Records ~
“Something like a quieter Flying Saucer Attack, Cloudsound mixes gorgeous, sometimes folky guitar rambles with great droning atmospherics.”