Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
New SWITCHCast episode out now! Click to listen to reviews of 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls', 'Ladies in Black' and more.x
review, Cloud Nothings, Cloud, Nothings, cinema, cinema reviews, music, artist




By Charlie David Page
22nd January 2017

I love a good origin story - particularly when it comes to musicians. Cloud Nothings' tale is pretty impressive: started by then 18-year-old Dylan Baldi in a basement in Cleveland, it's grown to a fully-fledged, critically-acclaimed band set to release their third album, 'Life Without Sound'. So what does the new offering bring?

A little disclaimer: this music is a little rockier than much of my music library, but their tracks have been popping up on playlists over the past few months, so it's been hard to ignore them. Those songs - 'Internal World' and 'Modern Act' - have served as earworms which have kept me listening to the tunes on loop and have drawn me in to find out more about this new offering.

Broadly speaking, there's a lot of attitude on this album. It's abrasive and savage, with enough jagged edges to poke your eye out. But on closer inspection, there's a lot of different influences at work. Some songs are a heavy rock, others more punk, some reminiscent of a sleepy Death Cab For Cutie. It's a wildly varied work, with a rough exterior covering a soft centre.


Drawing you in gently, opening track 'Up To The Surface' is a relatively subdued affair, mellow and prophetic with a sensation of dark storm clouds looming. The clouds break way for 'Things Are Right With You', with electric guitar and drums front and centre with full force. 'Internal World' provides a dose of unchained 90s-style rock, its repetitious (in a good way) chorus creating a compelling, catchy riff. With a garage surf feel, 'Darkened Rings' gives Baldi a chance to go back to his early days, raw and loose with gritty, rugged lyrics powerful and annihilating.

Without doubt, 'Modern Act' is the standout track on the album for me. Reflecting much of the callous cynicism of the LP - the chorus consists of the lyrics "I want a life, that's all I need lately, I am alive but all alone" - it does so with an upbeat and addictive attitude, showcasing a tune that will stick in your mind like molasses.

It's a wildly varied work, with a rough exterior covering a soft centre.

The latter portion of the album definitely takes things up a notch, with 'Strange Year' and 'Realise My Fate' offering heavier doses of rock. The former is dark and moody, building to a guttural screaming barrage from Baldi. The latter, which closes off the album, powers along with a foreboding drum beat which grows to a cacophony of ferocious chaos.

Even with its dismal outlook, 'Life Without Sound' is an album to make you feel alive. Its sonic vivaciousness and intensity balance with its more morose themes, presenting something which is awakening and, at times, addictive. Cloud Nothings have come a long way since basement recordings - let's hope they continue their steady ascent.

Like it? Follow it. Follow Cloud Nothings' Huddle at the top of this page (you'll have to sign in or join up first) for the latest tour details, news and reviews from the artist.

BAND: Cloud Nothings
MEMBERS: Dylan Baldi
Tj Duke
Jayson Gerycz
Chris Brown
FORMED: 2009
FROM: Cleveland, Ohio
SOUND: Indie Rock
FACEBOOK: cloudnothings
TWITTER: @cloudnothings
INSTAGRAM: @cloudnothings
The House with a Clock in Its Walls - Jack Black and Cate Blanchett's enchanting family film
TRENDINGWIN THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLSJack Black and Cate Blanchett's enchanting family film
Bulletproof - High-octane action and thrilling cases
TRENDINGWIN BULLETPROOFHigh-octane action and thrilling cases
Searching - The online tech thriller
TRENDINGWIN SEARCHINGThe online tech thriller
Colette - Keira Knightley smashes gender barriers in biopic
TRENDINGWIN COLETTEKeira Knightley smashes gender barriers in biopic
Second Act - J-Lo faux pro a no-go
TRENDINGSECOND ACTJ-Lo faux pro a no-go
The best of 2018 - Our top five films of the year
TRENDINGTHE BEST OF 2018Our top five films of the year
© 2011 - 2018 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Disclaimer | Contact Us