Cloud Becomes Your Hand – “Hermit” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Band To Watch graduates Cloud Becomes Your Hand are a Brooklyn-based sextet led by multi­-instrumentalist and composer Stephe Cooper. Billed as “complex art-­pop that bursts into being from fragments and scraps,” each song is pieced together by drummer Booker Stardrum, malletKAT percussionist Sam Sowyrda, violinist Hunter Jack, synth player and vocalist Weston Minissali and bassist Simon Hanes­­. The band is as animated as their new video might suggest — sometimes filthy with distortion, other times entirely cartoonish. This juxtaposition lends itself to the ever-sporadic nature of their composition, which pivots from moments of light-heartedness without warning to face storms of tactfully interlocking chaos.!–more–>

Those qualities are demonstrated beautifully in “Hermit,” the lead single from their upcoming album Rest In Fleas. The song arrives today with a colorful video by Jenna Caravello. Mixing MIDI marimbas and frantic bass with swirling violins and a punk-leaning state of mind, “Hermit” is tied together not only by the band’s aptly surreal lyrics but the deadpan post-punk delivery that works like an anchor for the music’s unpredictable movement. Both song and video are evidence that Cloud Becomes Your Hand continue to be as idiosyncratic as they are entertaining. Watch below.

Rest In Fleas is out 5/27 on Northern Spy. Pre-order it here.