Carpark / Mom + Pop (2014)
A few years ago I caught wind of Cloud Nothings. I checked out their self titled album (though I do not believe it was their debut) and thought it was OK. Some good songs on it, but honestly nothing that special. They released a follow up that I never even listened to. Then this year I heard they had yet another record out, "Here And Nowhere Else." I kept hearing really good things about it, so many that it became impossible to ignore. I decided to give the band another shot.
I am so glad I did. This record is out of control great. Along with Sonic Avenues it is easily one of the 2 best records to come out this year so far. Not only am I listening to this record all the time, I've actually checked the band's website to see if they're coming to town so I could go see them play (and I hardly ever go out to shows anymore). Currently the east coast isn't on their agenda, but I'll be keeping an eye on that.
On this record Cloud Nothings are playing bombastic, huge pop songs. The kind that have choruses that will be crammed in your head for months. They've captured an energy on this record that just makes you want to smack people in the face and make them sing along too. The production is kind of scratchy, and that gives the band a real edge to them that others playing this sort of thing wouldn't have. Plus the drumming on this record is some of the best I've heard in a while. They've perfected the art of making a song great, then making it even catchier and louder in the chorus and then somehow one upping that again and going even louder. It's an incredible feat and one that keeps me coming back over and over.
I cannot say enough great things about this record. I didn't think much of the band going into it, but coming out I'm totally converted. I'm going to have to give their other records a try and even if I'm not as into them, you can be guaranteed I'll be buying everything these guys put out going forward.
Cloud Nothings - "I'm Not Part Of Me":
Cloud Nothings "Psychic Trauma":