ALBUM REVIEW: Cloud Nothings – The Shadow I Remember | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Carpark Records

Released: 26.02.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine years on from their previous rendezvous with Steve Albini on the career-defining Attack On Memory, The Shadow I Remember finds Cloud Nothings doubling down on concision and catchiness in this brief but excitable collection of drill sergeant pop.

Dylan Baldi’s ability to mine the detritus of punk and power pop past to find new shapes to throw remains undiminished, and aside from slow burning opener Oslo, the band’s current quartet line-up have fun pushing each song to breaking point, be it the heads down sprint of It’s Love or the frenzied guitar and synthesiser duelling that brings A Longer Moon to a close. Refinement is the name of the game over advancement, but Cloud Nothings are still firing solidly in their second decade.

 

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