"Cloud Riders," the new song from Tori Amos
, caught my attention from the first three seconds and held it strong for the remaining three hundred twenty. The Fleetwood style guitar riff locks your ears in and immediately give you something to hold on to as the scene settles in your mind. The song drifts so seamlessly from verse to chorus and back while filling the air with the hum of an electric piano melded with the floating drone of a gospel organ. It also has a ton of wonderful ear candy and hidden treats in the recording to listen for, like subtle echoes of significant lines, or a guitar lick that hides at the back of the mix. "Cloud Riders" seems to portray the serenity of standing before a conflict you know you can't run from, and captures the idea of certainty during tumultuous times.
Tori Amos told NPR,
"Before the Storm, at 4:22 a.m., I saw a shooting star. Some Storms are electrifying but some Storms are deadly. Life changing. Some resolve themselves, some don't. Conflicts can be that way. You don't know how a conflict is going to play out when you are in the middle of it. And the one thing I have learned is that when Cloud Riders are coming, they cannot be outrun."
"Cloud Riders" is the first single off Amos' upcoming album Native Invaders
, set to release September 8th.