On their first LP, Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings produced an album that had a bit of everything – post-punk, indie rock, fuzz rock, psychedelic. On their second album, Here and Nowhere Else, they have produced a record that is fast, hard, and mostly post-punk-rock music. It is an album that many may ask themselves, “Isn’t this the type of album The Men (insert link) were expected to produce?”
On this album about angst, self-discovery, and independence, Cloud Nothings move between really tight, punk-hook songs to scrappy, almost all-out-rebellion tunes. The opening and closing tracks, “Now Here In” and “I’m Not Part of Me”, are the tightest and most controlled tracks of the album and have a Paramore-esque quality. “Quieter Today” is anything but quiet, but a melody-shifting punk-rock track that sees the band pick up the pace at times while reverting back to the more structured sounds as found in “Now Here In”. “Psychic Trauma” sees the band really let loose with the wailing guitars and frontman Dylan Baldi screeching out lyrics like a young man trapped in padded room.
The best track on the album may be “Pattern Walks”, a 7-minute, 23-second epic that could be considered as two songs into one. The first 3.5 minutes of the song has a quick tempo before building into an explosive guitar crescendo and then transitioning into slightly slower-paced jam reminiscent of Japandroids’ live shows and then Baldi’s vocals reemerge, sounding like a person who has either found his freedom or is stuck in never-ending confinement.
Jason Gercyz (drums) and T.J. Duke (bass) make up the rest of Cloud Nothings. Their ability to set the tempo and pace of the songs provide the perfect complements to Baldi’s screaming rifts. Gercyz’s drum playing and Duke’s bass are quite noticeable throughout, providing subtlety when required and just bombastic rhythms when necessary.
Cloud Nothings are currently on tour. Check their website and Facebook page for dates.
BMBSHL is the music project of Brenna MacQuarrie, an electronic-soul artist from Edmonton, Alberta. She is set to release her first album on April 24.
The first single from the album, “Recover” is very Jessie Ware-esque – combining a slow, subtle R&B sound with layered synths to create a haunting sound. It is a startling track and one that raises expectations for her debut album.
The accompanying video, which was filmed in Cuba and directed by Jay Sparrow, is also quite mystical with BMBSHL dressed in various attire and showcasing some archery skill. The scenery and story could be something out of Westeros.
Check her Facebook and Twitter pages for more information on the release of her new album.
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