By Jackie Klapak
On the first single off Cloud Nothings’ latest album, frontman Dylan Baldi sings “I want a life that’s all I need lately / I am alive, but all alone,” in a truthful and ardent way, creating the longing and honest feeling present throughout Life Without Sound.
The newest album by the Cleveland four-piece brings along the beloved qualities such as fuzzy, yet melodic, guitars and sing along catchy choruses attributable to the band, but comparably brings a feel of something more polished and perfected.
Aside from the collaborative album they did with Wavves back in 2015, this is Cloud Nothings’ first album back since 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else. In the time between, it’s evident the guys from Cloud Nothings have taken the time to put life into lyrics, constructing an album set to create the perfect soundtrack to the modern and mundane life.
Dylan Baldi’s drowsily powerful vocals preach compelling and relatable stories of living day by day, and watching it pass by you. The words and stories delivered through the album will find a way to connect and attach themselves to the softest parts of your own personal experiences, creating a nostalgic aura around you – even if you’re living in the current moment.
Though the album starts off with a slower and more reserved sound, the band sinks their hooks by the second song, with its irresistible guitar and melodious build up. During the album, Cloud Nothing’s keep it simple, but still meaningful. Relevant to youth and the qualities of finding your place in the world and yourself. The multiple noise pop ballads dedicate themselves to latching on to the feeling of disassociation in association.
By the fourth song, the album reaches its most excitable, and perhaps, most anxious feel. Though the album confesses tales of isolation and withdrawing yourself from present moments, the track entitled “Darkened Rings,” brings distressed tones and lyrical restlessness, sure to make you click repeat. Just after is their third released single, “Enter Entirely.” A power pop ballad with screeching guitar and fiery vocals sung sincerely. Beside it is “Modern Act:” the first released single off the album, which captured the attention of many for all the right reasons. The grainy and upbeat pop guitars mixed with cymbal splashes create the lively background to candid lyrics, fulfilling our deep desire to feel understood.
The final song starts with the same self-contained sound as the first song, but builds to a triumphant end, wishing that the album wasn’t over so soon. Overall, the album is gripping. It hits home and accepts the hidden insecurities we have about being alone. The polished and perfected piece that is Life Without Sound will leave you excited and itching for more of whatever Cloud Nothings have in store.Cloud Nothings, Life Without Sound