Cloud Nothings
Here and Nowhere Else


2.0
poor

Review

by BoiledHippos USER (1 Reviews)
April 21st, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 04/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like a stale gust of wind.

One could take a title like Attack on Memory very literally. Along with arguably embracing huffy anxiety more so than any of Dylan Baldi’s prior works, a good majority of that album acted as an outright rejection of most Cloud Nothings tropes that had been established by the time of their sophomore outing. This was an interesting case of immaturity being the thematic focal point of a career-high in musical maturity, so it’s only fitting - if a bit ironic – that the follow-up to Attack on Memory be quite the opposite. Here and Nowhere Else considers forward-thinking conceptually, but shows utter resentment towards it musically. It’s no secret that Baldi has a penchant for ‘90s alternative rock, but he’s always weighed in noise rock vitality and indie pop flourishes to keep things potent. Here and Nowhere Else invests this admiration of lo-fi into something more along the lines of ardent worship in a similar vein to Wavves rather than forging just a love letter.

The fact that this is the fourth album in the Cloud Nothings discography and it purposefully goes out of its way in an attempt to have more fuzzy, lo-fi recording quality than any record preceding it is very forced, and a bit of a gimmick to a certain extent. The distorted riffs and earthy poise that may have been expected by some are both discarded in favor of no surprise replacements on this overly-consistent recreation of alt rock first finding its footing in punk. Bearing that in mind, those familiar with Cloud Nothings will either be disappointed or overjoyed by this direction depending on personal preference, while the casual listener may dismiss this as nothing special in the realm of '90s indie revival. Tonal variety isn’t exactly something to be predicted with production as lo-fi as this, but this used to be a group that proved the sound still capable of having diversity at the very least.

Clocking in at just over thirty minutes, Here and Nowhere Else is a brisk stride down a path built from nostalgia that fans of an already done-to-death sound will no doubt adore and accept. It’s just a shame that Baldi spent more time paying homage and rebuilding an era with these songs than putting a new or unique spin on a dead-end style, and that as a result, Cloud Nothings seems to be an act that has regressed far enough to craft what sounds like a one-dimensional demo tape for their fourth consecutive studio effort.


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BoiledHippos
April 21st 2014


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It appears I have an unpopular stance on this record. All feedback on the review is welcome.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I kinda wanted to like this more but it just never clicked.

goldandgreyy
April 21st 2014


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i really enjoy this record a lot, and they preformed it wonderfully last night. I wouldn't say your stance is unpopular. maybe within this site but in general not really. there's been a lot of negative and positive feedback and really like you said in the review, its a matter of personal preference. i think the drumming on this record is surely better than any of the other drumming on any of the previous records and possibly, to me, maybe the best drumming on any indie record i've heard on 2014. this record will be a hit or miss for people i think, but it will more than likely sit well with anybody who's followed the band since 2011 or before.

jtswope
April 21st 2014


2351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Attack on Memory>>>>>>this

PuddlesPuddles
April 21st 2014


4784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Like a stale gust of wind."


Why didn't you just say, "Like a stale gale." COME ON

But yes, this was the review that I expected when I first listened to this album thing, tbh

BoiledHippos
April 21st 2014


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That would have worked great actually. I'll be sure to break out the thesaurus for next time.

Cygnatti
April 21st 2014


21353 Comments


Someone informed me that this band is pop punk. And it has a 3.51 on rym so I'm kinda stoked. :]

PunchforPunch
April 21st 2014


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

more like college dropout rock

Cygnatti
May 15th 2014


21353 Comments


^works for me.

treeqt.
May 15th 2014


9704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Someone informed me that this band is pop punk. And it has a 3.51 on rym so I'm kinda stoked. :]

nothing like sputnik pop punk

Damus
August 11th 2014


452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this review is a little bit harsh. band has a lot of potential and they couldn't live up to the hype of Attack on Memory with the loss of their second guitarist. He added a TON to this band's sound.

treeqt.
August 11th 2014


9704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

attack on memory was formidable though
this is too but also quite different



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