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Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings

January 25, 2011


 

Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings

One of my most anticipated releases of 2011 is already out today. The power pop group lead by young (19-20 year old) Dylan Baldi. I was first introduced to Cloud Nothings on Brooklyn Vegan‘s lunch hour on the Sirius XMU station in early 2010.  Hearing B.V. play, “Hey Cool Kid,” I was hooked. Hearing the catchy hook & lo-fi pop sound coming through my stereo, I rushed to my computer & looked them up right away.

“Hey Cool Kid” (from 2010’s Turning On)

I was not overly surprised that the only place I could find them was on their label’s website & their MySpace page. I found their label’s website & I ordered their cd right away. They had only made a limited print of 500 copies of their 1st album Turning On. The website showed that they had 2 copies left available. Score!

About a week later I received Turning On along with a handwritten note from Kevin Greenspon. I guess Kevin & the Cloud Nothing members had put out some stuff together on their label, Bridgetown Records. Whatever, I was just excited to have the cd. Kevin told me that I had, in fact, purchased their last copy of Turning On & thanked me for my support. Almost too close!

After burning mp3s of the cd, I took it to my local cd store, CD Warehouse to share my new find. This was last spring, Cloud Nothings then found themselves playing on my Ipod all throughout the summer. Such a good lo-fi power pop album for  summertime. Soaking up the sun by the pool, car rides with the windows cracked, lounging outside, washing my car, I was playing Cloud Nothings all summer long.

Then last October they officially released Turning On, adding 5 more songs to the original 8 that I had purchased on the limited print. Shortly after, I hear they are coming out with another album in early 2011. I was extremely pleased to hear this good news.

Today it all happened, Cloud Nothings dropped their self-titled sophomore album. With this album, I was only hoping that I could hear something different from them. Not that I didn’t appreciate their previous work. I just wanted to hear something besides a heavy lo-fi pop song on this one. They came through for me, just like I had hoped.

Track one, “Understand At All,” comes through with very minimal lo-fi sound. You can hear Dylan’s voice with less distortion than anything heard on the previous album. It just also happens to be my favorite track on the album.

“Understand At All”*

Then, they throw a bit more punk into their music with the second track, “Not Important.”

“Not Important”

The 5th track, “Nothings Wrong,” kicks the speed into overdrive & sounds like something that could even fit onto a Wavves album. On track 6, “Heartbeat,” Dylan sings of dating woes & repeats, “I don’t have a heartbeat. Why do you?” Track 7 tells the irony of falling in love with older music. Whaling, “You love me, but now we’re all dead.” Maybe oneday, some kid somewhere will still be listening to Cloud Nothings long after they are gone too.

I give Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings, 8.0/10

Cloud Nothings – Turning On (2010) 7.8/10


*favorite track

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2011 1:10 pm

    Hey! Around the time you ordered that was the last copy of that edition of “Turning On” but more CDrs were made since then – kept the tape out of print though. My split CD with Cloud Nothings came out a few months ago, there’s some MP3s to download from it at http://www.bridgetownrecords.info if you don’t have a copy.

  2. cooper417 permalink*
    February 1, 2011 3:09 pm

    Kevin – Thanks man! I don’t have those songs yet. I’ll do that soon. Best of luck w/ your career & the label. I will have to check out some of your music soon as well.

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