14 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cleveland’s young Dylan Baldi makes lo-fi, power pop-driven music, marked with the knotty murkiness of outfits like Woods and That Ghost. Both sunshiny and angular, Cloud Nothings hints at surf spray and California summers, and the songs here — in a cleaner studio setting — could easily go down the road of classic indie pop (from Material Issue to Sebadoh). Baldi’s teenaged take on alienation and his affinity for rough-edged guitar and sharp melodies make songs like “Hey Cool Kid” and “Turning On” both powerfully memorable and slightly startling in their observations. He moves with ease from Beatles-flavored buoyancy (“Strummin”) to No Age impenetrability (“My Little Raygun”). Turning On is comprised of the first Cloud Nothings EP, Turn It On, and a smattering of cassette-only releases and other efforts. An EP of later work, entitled Leave You Forever has a cleaner, brighter sound, and a single, “Didn’t You” (found separately on iTunes) gurgles and bubbles with a Buzzcocks-meets-Apples In Stereo exuberance. Both titles point to promising things for the Cloud Nothings album yet to come.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cleveland’s young Dylan Baldi makes lo-fi, power pop-driven music, marked with the knotty murkiness of outfits like Woods and That Ghost. Both sunshiny and angular, Cloud Nothings hints at surf spray and California summers, and the songs here — in a cleaner studio setting — could easily go down the road of classic indie pop (from Material Issue to Sebadoh). Baldi’s teenaged take on alienation and his affinity for rough-edged guitar and sharp melodies make songs like “Hey Cool Kid” and “Turning On” both powerfully memorable and slightly startling in their observations. He moves with ease from Beatles-flavored buoyancy (“Strummin”) to No Age impenetrability (“My Little Raygun”). Turning On is comprised of the first Cloud Nothings EP, Turn It On, and a smattering of cassette-only releases and other efforts. An EP of later work, entitled Leave You Forever has a cleaner, brighter sound, and a single, “Didn’t You” (found separately on iTunes) gurgles and bubbles with a Buzzcocks-meets-Apples In Stereo exuberance. Both titles point to promising things for the Cloud Nothings album yet to come.

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