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Cumulus may refer to two different musical acts.

1. Cumulus is a rock band from Seattle, Washington.

Trans- will release Cumulus’ debut full-length, I Never Meant It To Be Like This, this autumn. The album, produced by the band at Phil Elverum’s studio The Unknown in Anacortes, WA, is what Spin has called “…an elegant, understated work of deftly flickering guitar pop,” and “a comforting rainy-day blanket.” We prefer to think of the record as a masterpiece in miniature—ten songs of expansive, explosive indie pop at whose epicenter are the indelible melodies and haunting twilight voice of singer/guitarist/songwriter Alexandra Niedzialkowski.

For reference: I Never Meant It To Be Like This places Cumulus squarely alongside contemporary acts like Best Coast, The Dum Dum Girls, and Tennis, while reaching back to a not-so-distant golden age of indie pop when good bands had hits, and the knack for wide-readership hooks (Elastica, Veruca Salt, Juliana Hatfield) and loud guitars (Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine’s first album) didn’t preclude a heroic dose of delicacy (Heavenly, the Delgados, Velocity Girl, Tiger Trap). All of which is to say you could almost mistake Cumulus— who appear, let’s face it, pretty adorable—for twee if they didn’t rock so commandingly.

2. Cumulus is a 1970’s Finnish band.

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