Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “No Future / No Past” by Cloud Nothings from the 2012 album Attack on Memory on Carpark Records.
From the start of recording in the basement of his parents’ house in Cleveland to being revered for the catchy lo-fi tunes that came out of it, Dylan Baldi needed to hit the road. Enlisting the help of TJ Duke on bass, Jayson Gerycz on drums, and Joe Boyer on guitar, Cloud Nothings, as Baldi is now known, has opened up for the likes of Real Estate, Titus Andronicus, and others.
“No Future/ No Past” is a sure departure from the catchy, lo-fi bedroom pop that captured hearts on Cloud Nothings’ debut, Turning On. Daniel Baldi turned to engineering icon/iconoclast Steve Albini, known for, among other things, capturing an immediate, live energy in his recordings, and the songs themselves are closer to the music Baldi has been listening to over the years. At first listen to this new song, you might recall not only the raw energy and weightiness of In Utero (another of Albini’s projects) but also many of the bands that influenced Nirvana as well. Not surprisingly among them, as Baldi revealed to Stereogum, are The Wipers (“undoubtedly the biggest influence on Attack On Memory“) and Swell Maps. Though perhaps he’s still battling the innocence of youth, Baldi is undoubtedly beginning to grow up, and Attack on Memory is a transition from the breakout of album one that will undoubtedly rise above its influences.
You’ll be able to hear the rest of Attack on Memory when it comes out on January 24. Cloud Nothings will follow up the release with a Spring tour that brings them to The Crocodile in Seattle on March 6. Head over to their Facebook page for more information. For the sake of comparison, check out the warmer sound on “Forget You All the Time” from the debut: