"Clouds of Dust and Fire" is the sound of solitude. Mark Sims made his name rocking with bands like The Tough & Lovely and the aforementioned Tin Hearts. This music bears little resemblance to all that soulful rumble.

"Clouds of Dust and Fire" is the sound of solitude. Mark Sims made his name rocking with bands like The Tough & Lovely and the aforementioned Tin Hearts. This music bears little resemblance to all that soulful rumble.

It's an extreme shift coming from someone who rightfully complains about the Ohio weather: "It's winter then summer, there's no in-between." But Sims wears weariness well, like a careful understudy to Mark Kozelek and Nick Cave.

Sims handles all the instruments save for Megan Palmer's violin contributions. If the songs aren't always stunning - "Firelight" certainly is - the creator can hang his hat on the sheer accomplishment of assembling such a fully formed universe by his lonesome.