Sunday, February 25, 2018

Review: Cloud Nothings' newest is transformed and real

Not too long ago Dylan Baldi was in his Ohio bedroom making indecisive, messy guitar-driven songs, and returning with a third album, Here and Nowhere Else, Baldi and his two bandmates have retained the momentum from the hyped bedroom days.

Cloud Nothings has undergone a transformation that was shocking when I realized the same band who sang the musty, yet charming Strummin from 2010 also were responsible for the harsh, adrenaline pumping Giving Into Seeing from the new album. There was a vivid shift in what the band desired to achieve musically. Though this sway into a band you could imagine thrashing in some suburb basement was evident on Attack on Memory, it develops further on Here.

With the prominent drum effort by Jayson Gerycz, the simplistic yet meticulously placed percussion accentuates Baldi's never-disappointing hooks. Though Here roams into the punk realm, and Baldi's vocals strain to where I'm almost feeling the pain rise into my own throat, it comes in modest-enough doses. Baldi has a knack for creating fast-paced tunes that induce raunchy head banging, a good example being Just See Fear.

One of Cloud Nothings most vital goals is to ensure they are being as real as possible. This band is just doing what feels right, though they've been pleasing everyone else along the way, too.

HANNAH ELLIOTT Robinson High

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