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Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi. Prolific from the startBaldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. For a band that resists repeating itself, picking up lessons from a decade prior is the strange route Cloud Nothings took to create their most fully-realized album. Their new record, The Shadow I Remember, marks eleven years of touring, a return to early song writing practices, and revisiting the studio where they first recorded together. In a way not previously captured, this album expertly combines the group’s pummelling, aggressive approach with singer-songwriter Dylan Baldi’s extraordinary talent for perfect pop. To document this newly realized maturity, the group returned to producer Steve Albini and his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago, where the band famously destroyed its initial reputation as a bedroom solo project with the release of 2012 album Attack on Memory.

Another throwback was Baldi’s return to constant song writing à la the early solo days, which led to the nearly 30 demos that became the 11 songs on The Shadow I Remember. Instead of sticking to a tired-but-true formula, his song writing stretched out while digging deeper into his melodic talents. “I felt like I was locked in a character,” Baldi says of becoming a reliable supplier of heavy, hook-filled rock songs. “I felt like I was playing a role and not myself. I really didn’t like that role.” More frequent writing led to the freedom in form heard on The Shadow I Remember. What he can’t do alone is get loud and play noisily, which is exactly what happened when the entire band— bassist TJ Duke, guitarist Chris Brown, and drummer Jayson Gerycz—convened.
The band had more fun in the studio than they’ve had in years, playing in their signature, pulverizing way, while also trying new things. The absurdly catchy “Nothing Without You” includes a first for the band: Macie Stewart of Ohmme contributes guest vocals. Elsewhere, celebrated electronic composer Brett Naucke adds subtle synthesizer parts.

The songs are kept trim, mostly around the three-minute mark, while being gleefully overstuffed. Almost every musical part turns into at least two parts, with guitar and drums opening up and the bass switching gears. “That’s the goal—I want the three-minute song to be an epic,” Baldi says. “That’s the short version of the long-ass jam.” Lyrically, Baldi delivers an aching exploration of tortured existence, punishing self-doubt, and the familiar pangs of oppressive mystery. “Am I Something” Baldi screams on the song of the same name. “Does anybody living out there really need me?” It’s a heart breaking admission of existential confusion, delivered hoarsely, with an instantly relatable melody.

“Is this the end/ of the life I’ve known?” he asks on lead single and album opener “Oslo.” “Am I older now/ or am I just another age?” Despite the questioning lyrics, the band plays with more assurance and joy than ever before. The Shadow I Remember announces Cloud Nothings’ second decade and it sounds like a new beginning.
 
 
Releases February 26th, 2021
The Band:
Dylan Baldi – Guitar, Vocals
Jayson Gerycz – Drums
TJ Duke – Bass
Chris Brown – Guitar

Recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Illinois

“The Spirit Of” is taken from Cloud Nothings’ forthcoming album “The Shadow I Remember”, out February 26th, 2021.

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We are elated to announce the return of Cloud Nothings. Their fifth full-length album, Last Building Burning, is due out October 19th on Carpark Records (US) and Wichita Recordings (UK/EU). The new album is a culmination of the development of frontman Dylan Baldi’s ever-changing sound, following up 2017’s Life Without Sound. It is an extension of the band’s live performances, capturing the frenetic energy that’s characteristic of their shows and infusing the jagged unpredictability of guitars.

Last Building Burning are available on the Carpark/Wichita shops “I’m obsessed with the idea of energy at the moment,” Baldi says about the making of Last Burning Building. “That’s how I thought of this record: seven short, and one long, bursts of intense, controlled chaos. I wanted to make songs that come across in a way that can actually be felt.”

“The Echo of the World” is taken from Cloud Nothings’ forthcoming album, “Last Building Burning,” due out October . Cleveland’s finest indie rock band Cloud Nothing are planning their return to the UK. Developed out of singer / song writer Dylan Baldi’s solo basement studio recording project, he leads a band that also includes drummer Jayson Gerycz, guitarist Chris Brown and TJ Duke on bass.

Baldi started out by recording at his parent’s basement in 2009 using GarageBand and releasing his material through various fake profiles on MySpace, all of which directed listeners back to his work. Amongst the fake bands, a profile under the name Cloud Nothings proved to be one of the most popular which received an invite for gigs in New York prompting Baldi to seek out real members.

Now an actual band, they began to rise in popularity and soon signed to independent label Bridgetown Records through which they released the eight track EP Turning On which features the single Hey Cool Kid. They released their eponymously titled debut album in 2011 which thrilled critics,  Their incredible back catalogue also includes the albums Attack On Memory plus Here And Nowhere Else .

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