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Our Music Year No. 38: Cloud Nothings, ‘Attack on Memory’

Cloud Nothings

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From page B4 | February 07, 2013 |

Artist: Cloud Nothings
Title: “Attack on Memory”
Year: 2012
Format: Spotify
Grade: A-

With a name such as Cloud Nothings, I expected a fluffy dream pop record.

What a surprise.

Music reminds me of fashion in the sense that it’s repackaging something over and over, but, somehow, making it feel innovative. There’s something fresh and intangible about “Attack on Memory” despite mining a post-hardcore sound that has existed for the better part of two decades.

This record puts punk’s tenacity through a pop filter without sacrificing any of its rawness. Singer Dylan Baldi’s pained wail grows irritating even in the record’s short 33 minutes, with a yelp reminiscent of Kurt Cobain when he strained to yell in an upper register he couldn’t hit.

While “Attack” does so with a buzzy, fuzzy, throttling production, it’s also circumspect about aspirations and the lamentations of the passage of time. “I need time to stay useless / I need time to stop moving,” Baldi sings on the fourth track. Elsewhere, on “Wasted Days,” he shows self-disappointment: “I thought I would be more than this.”

Baldi’s dissatisfaction provides fodder for his lyrics and his rhythms. His frayed wail provides an urgency that matches the intensity of the band’s post-hardcore delivery.

Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or ndecicco@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.
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