“Please Remain Calm” by Cloud Cult, from The Meaning of 8 (Earthology Records):
If this whole indie-rock thing doesn’t work out, Cloud Cult frontman Craig Minowa should consider launching a kids’ show or hustling will-to-power tapes. His Minnesota collective espouses positivity capable of transforming the morning drive to work from a chore into a triumph. Its newest album, The Meaning of 8, beams with a sunniness that’s uplifting without getting icky. Cloud Cult manages this handily while splashing its cellos, glockenspiels and conventional rock instrumentation atop sloshy hooks — space rock, hard rock, twee, whatever — the way some members apply paint to canvas during live shows.