What separates Cloud Nothings from the indie-rock pack is singer-guitarist Dylan Baldi’s ability to create controlled chaos.
The band’s third album, “Here and Nowhere Else,” takes the unbridled, scruffy joy of the band’s last critically acclaimed album, “Attack on Memory,” and channels it in a new direction. There still are plenty of roaring guitar solos that gather speed, lots of bash-’em-up drum solos and catchy melodies to scream along with. But it all feels more intense now.
The single “Psychic Trauma” may best capture the album’s method. It starts as a more conventional indie-rock song, inspired perhaps by the latter-day Replacements, and then, 45 seconds in, kicks into a new gear with double-time drums and more sinister-sounding guitar and bass. It’s so well-crafted that there’s nothing to do but get swept up in the mosh-pit momentum.
Baldi says he doesn’t pay much attention to his lyrics, which actually shows throughout the album, as the sound of his voice is just as important as what he’s singing. What he focuses on is the feeling, and that’s what makes “Here and Nowhere Else” one of the best albums so far this year.
– Glenn Gamboa, Newsday