Cloud Nothings Announce U.S. Tour Dates

In 2009, Cleveland’s Dylan Baldi began writing and recording lo-fi power-pop songs in his parents’ basement, dubbing the project Cloud Nothings. His music quickly started making the Internet rounds, and fans and critics alike took note of his pithy songcraft, infectiously catchy melodies, and youthful enthusiasm. Baldi soon released a string of 7″s, a split cassette, and an EP before putting out Turning On – a compilation spanning about a year’s worth of work on Carpark in 2010. January 2011 saw the release of Cloud Nothings’ self-titled debut LP, which, put next to Turning On, found Baldi cleaning up his lo-fi aesthetic, pairing his tales of affinitive confusion with a more pristine aural clarity. In the interval since the release of Cloud Nothings, Baldi has toured widely and put a great deal of focus on his live show, a detail that heavily shapes the music of his follow-up album, Attack on Memory.

After playing the same sets nightly for months on end, Baldi saw the rigidity of his early work, and he wanted to create arrangements that would allow for more improvisation and variability when played on the road. To accomplish this desired malleability, the entire band decamped to Chicago – where the album was recorded with Steve Albini – and all lent a hand in the songwriting process. The product of these sessions is a record boasting features that, even at a glance, mark a sea change in the band’s sound: higher fidelity, a track clocking in at almost nine minutes, an instrumental, and an overall more plaintive air. The songs move along fluidly, and Baldi sounds assured as he brings his vocals up in the mix, allowing himself to hold out long notes and put some grain into his voice. Minor key melodies abound, drums emphatically contribute much more than mere timekeeping, and the guitar work is much more adventurous than that of previous releases.

For all of early Cloud Nothings’ fun and fervor, Baldi admits that it never sounded like most of the music he listens to. With Attack on Memory, he wanted to remedy this anomaly, and in setting out to do so, Baldi and co. have created an album that shows vast growth in a still very young band. Now, the band is ready to share with you the first taste of their work with Albini; album opener “No Future/No Past” is available for download via Spin.

MP3: “No Future/No Past”

For those of you shocked by first Attack on Memory single “No Future/No Past” and curious as to how the song could sound so decidedly different from previous Cloud Nothings releases – ask no more. Principal songwriter Dylan Baldi sat down with Stereogum to discuss some of the album’s influences, including specific songs that he’s been listening to lately, in their Under The Influence column. Read the piece here

To hear the songs covered in the piece as an uninterrupted mix, you can hear the full thing via Soundcloud (below) and be sure to check out the dates of Cloud Nothings’ first full US headlining tour after the jump.

Cloud Nothings’ “2011” mix


1/26 New York, NY – Studio at Webster Hall
2/16 Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
2/17 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
2/18 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
2/20 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
2/21 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
2/23 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
2/24 San Antonio, TX – Ten Eleven
2/25 Austin, TX – Red 7
2/26 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
2/27 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
2/28 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
2/29 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
3/1 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
3/2 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
3/3 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
3/5 Portland, OR – Holocene
3/6 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
3/7 Vancouver, CA – The Media Club
3/8 Boise, ID – Neurolux
3/9 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
3/10 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
3/12 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
3/17 McAllen, TX – Simon Sez
3/20 Nashville, TN – The End
3/21 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
3/22 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
3/24 Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
3/25 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
3/26 Providence, RI – Fete Lounge
3/30 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
3/31 Washington, DC – Red Palace
4/1 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
4/2 Buffalo, NY – Ninth Ward @ Babeville
4/3 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
4/4 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
4/5 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
4/6 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern
4/7 Columbus, OH – Outland Live

Jan. 24, 2012

1. No Future/No Past
2. Wasted Days
3. Fall In
4. Stay Useless
5. Separation
6. No Sentiment
7. Our Plans
8. Cut You

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