Black Cloud Vol. 2 Is Here

Black Cloud Vol. 2About a year ago, Daemon Hatfield and I began wrapping up work on the first Black Cloud EP, a five-song introduction to what will eventually culminate in a full-length album of the collected songs. We released Black Cloud, Vol. 1, on 11.12.13, and the response has been amazing. Neither of us knew what to expect, and honestly we still don’t. Many of you have reached out to us personally via Twitter, Facebook, and email to share your thoughts on the EP. Hearing directly from you has been a great experience and I can’t wait to share what’s next.

Black Cloud, Vol. 2, is out today (9.29.14) on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and almost everywhere else you buy and stream music. Like the previous volume, it’s a collection of songs that originated with lyrics I wrote, interpreted and brought to life by Daemon’s music and performance. It’s a continuation of the story we started to tell in Vol. 1, and I hope you like it.

As I mentioned in my previous post at the release of Black Cloud, Vol. 1, I didn’t completely know what these song lyrics were about until I was done writing them. When I was done, I thought I knew. But it took Daemon building them into actual songs for me to really understand what they were saying. Then, when they were released, your interpretations circled back to me, and I realized I didn’t own their meanings. There’s something both strange and profoundly freeing about that. So keep it coming.

If you like these songs, please consider buying them on iTunes or Amazon. It’s the single best way to support what we’re doing. The next best thing you can do is spread the word about Black Cloud through your medium of choice. Twitter, Facebook and Spotify are great, but please don’t speak to anyone about it face-to-face. Talking to people in person is generally frowned upon. It’s a slippery slope. It starts innocently enough, but the next thing you know, you’re standing on a street corner shaking loose change in a Starbucks cup and screaming at people about the Bermuda Triangle. They shuffle past, avoiding your eyes. But they hear you. They definitely hear you. Don’t they?

-Ryan
Atlanta, GA
9.29.14

Watch the lyric video for ‘Modified’, the first track on Black Cloud, Vol. 2: