cloudnothings

While Cloud Nothings’ sound might recall thrashy, angsty guitar bands of the ’90s, their latest release comes across as divorce rock without the divorce – “I had nothing to be angry about really so the approach was more positive,” says lead singer and main songwriter Dylan Baldi about ‘Here and Nowhere Else’. While he does his upmost to inject fervour in his delivery, the album lacks edge, as finding a happy place seems to have cost the intensity of Baldi’s song writing. These eight tracks all feel a bit thrown together, too. This is the Ohio collective’s fourth LP since their formation just five years ago, and as such, it feels slightly rushed.

Although there are strong tunes in the form of the nihilistic ‘No Thoughts’ and lead single ‘I’m Not Part of Me’, these are fleeting moments of melodic clarity on an otherwise unrefined, and unfocused record. It’s true that it retains the appealingly louche lo-fi production and the spontaneity of their earlier work, but you can’t help but feel a more assiduous approach to ‘Here and Nowhere Else’ would have made for a record worth getting passionate about.

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