Song Premiere: Cloud Cult, ‘Good Friend’

Listen to Cloud Cult's "Good Friend."

Cloud Cult want to thank you for being a friend.

Cloud Cult are throwing a party for the end of the world — or at least the end of the workweek. On “Good Friend,” the indie act welcomes us with some very Polyphonic Spree-meets-Arcade Fire sounds of laughter, devil-may-care handclaps, and Friday night revelry, conjuring college flashbacks of friends at the door with snacks, drinks, and, um, let’s say “greenery.” Didn’t have friends in college? Think Weezer‘s “Undone (The Sweater Song).” But the glowing song goes beyond just other apartment bash — it’s an odd, exuberant soundtrack for life after the Mayan almost-apocalypse.

Listen to Cloud Cult’s “Good Friend” after the jump.

“Oh, this life is so strange/ you need a sense of humor,” Craig Minowa sings, turning to spiritual thoughts, “The maker is half caretaker and half joker.” But the existential track lays out an uplifting plan for the impending doom: “All I need is a good, good friend to get me through this,” Minowa yelps. While the song’s philosophical tone has us catching The Moon and Antarctica-era Modest Mouse vibes, the music is all warm fuzzies with a string section fluttering over the band’s ramshackle folk. Cloud Cult’s Love will be all you need when it drops on March 5 — it’s the busy band’s ninth studio album. Get friendly below.

+ Listen to Cloud Cult’s “Good Friend.”

Photo credit: Cody York