Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else

CAK92

Apr 1st, 2014

On their third full-length, Cleveland-bred outfit Cloud Nothings give joy a hard, sharp edge. “I was feeling pretty good about everything so I just made stuff that made me happy,” says founding member and mild-mannered chief songwriter Dylan Baldi of Here and Nowhere Else. “I had nothing to be angry about really so the approach was more positive and less ‘fuck everything.’ I just sat down and played until I found something that I like, because I was finally in a position to do that.”

Utilizing every possible opportunity to write while on the road for 18 consecutive months following the release of 2012’s Attack on Memory, Baldi presented an album’s worth of new material to his bandmates with just days before they’d enter the studio with esteemed producer John Congleton. “I’m pretty sure every song was written in a different country,” he says. “It’s the product of only having a couple of minutes here and there.” But Cloud Nothings would enjoy a full week with Congleton at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey, followed by three days of mixing at his own studio in Dallas shortly thereafter. The result is Cloud Nothings, refined: impossibly melodic, white-knuckle noise-rock that shimmers with sumptuous detail, from Baldi’s lone, corkscrewing guitar to his dramatically improved singing to bassist TJ Duke’s piledriving bass lines and drummer Jayson Gerycz’s volcanic fills.

“It’s more subtle,” says Baldi. “It’s not just an in-your-face rock record. There’s more going on. You can listen to a song 20 times and still hear different little things in there that you didn’t notice before. Every time I listen I notice something that I didn’t even realize we did.”

It’s yet another staggering show of a progress from a songwriter and band still coming into their own.

Tracklisting

1. Now Hear In
2. Quieter Today
3. Psychic Trauma
4. Just See Fear
5. Giving Into Seeing
6. No Thoughts
7. Pattern Walks
8. I’m Not Part Of Me

Audio

Other Info

CONTACTS
North American press: nick@wegetpress.com
UK and Ireland press: ben@wichita-recordings.com
European mainland press: joe.edwards@pias.com
Japan press: ko@hostess.co.jp
Taiwan: eryka@hinote.com.tw
Australia/New Zealand press: carly@stopstartmusic.com
Commercial radio: annah@qprime.com
Commercial specialty radio: rob@thesyn.com
College radio: karen@terrorbird.com, joe@thesyn.com

NOWHERE ELSE
• A Carpark / Mom+Pop co-release
• Produced by Grammy-nominated producer John Congleton
• Publicity by Life or Death PR
• Commercial radio promotion by Mom+Pop/Q Prime
• College radio promotion by The Syndicate and Terrorbird
• Commercial specialty radio by The Syndicate
• Extensive 2014 North American tour planned, including major festival stops along the way
• Music videos by long-time video collaborator Ryan Manning
• Limited deluxe LP that includes light blue-colored vinyl
• Cloud Nothings slipmat for first buyers of the album

UPCs
Deluxe LP: 677517009217
LP: 677517009231
CD: 677517009224
Digital: 677517009255

Press Photos

Photos by Pooneh Ghana:
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Artist Bio

Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a breathtaking ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. When an opportunity presented itself to open a small show in Brooklyn, Baldi abandoned a still-in-progress final project to be there. The gamble paid off — he’s been touring ever since, using every available break to write and record more.

In 2010, Carpark unveiled Turning On, a retrospective introduction that combined early 7″ singles and the full-length debut (a limited release on cassette and vinyl) from which it took its name. The following year, Cloud Nothings made its proper Carpark debut with a thrilling self-titled LP that found Baldi in a studio for the first time, shedding the many layers of hiss and distortion that had once obscured (or enhanced) his every sugary hook. What followed was an unexpected breakthrough, 2012’s Attack on Memory, an album that very loudly (with the help of producer Steve Albini) announced the arrival of Cloud Nothings as the sound of more than just Baldi: Caustic and gargantuan, it marked the first time our young hero wrote with and for his longtime touring band, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and since departed guitarist Joe Boyer. Touring intensified, rock critics slobbered, and the ceiling was raised considerably.

Enter yet another first: the highly-anticipated follow-up. Here and Nowhere Else is the sound of Baldi further realizing his potential not just as a collaborative bandleader but a singer as well. The sometimes frightening interplay that galvanized its predecessor is refined here, Baldi’s cyclonic guitar parts and Gerycz’s seismic drumwork more tightly clenched and nuanced than they’ve ever been before. It’s an album every bit as ferocious as what we’ve recently come to expect — only smarter.