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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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

barnabyhardly ,

Great lo-fi power pop

Saw these guys last week at CMJ. Great lo-fi power pop that ol' Bob Pollard would be proud of. I'm loving this compilation, especially "Water Turns Back", "Can't Stay Awake", and "Hey Cool Kid". Baldi's vocals also remind me of Archers of Loaf-era Eric Bachmann (which is a good thing). I'd also recommend tracking down "Didn't You", a new wave-y single released earlier this year. This guy can write pop hooks on demand--I can't wait for a proper studio album next year.

TeamAlphawolfsquaker ,

hard to hear

I'm not sure if it was done on purpose to be artsy or different or something but it seems like the vocals are very muffled and difficult to hear. I'm sure the songs are great... I just can't hear them.

chords7 ,

Great

I think this album is great and really catchy but it's hard to hear the vocals on many of the songs cuz of the mix...

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