Cloud Nothings have been busy lately. Earlier in the year, frontman Dylan Baldi released an album of shelved demos, and then Cloud Nothings released the new album The Black Hole Understands in July that Dylan and drummer Jayson Gerycz made by trading files back and forth during the pandemic, and Baldi and Gerycz have a new album with their jazz project Baldi/Gerycz Duo coming this month. They’ve also just now announced another proper Cloud Nothings album, The Shadow I Remember (due February 26 via Carpark), as well as a 10th anniversary reissue of their debut album Turning On, which Dylan recorded himself before turning Cloud Nothings into a full band.
New album The Shadow I Remember reunites Cloud Nothings with Steve Albini, who recorded their 2012 fan fave Attack On Memory (which we named the 80th best album of the 2010s and 4th best punk album of the 2010s), and here’s a little more background, via press release:
Another throwback was Baldi’s return to constant songwriting à la the early solo days, which led to the nearly 30 demos that became the 11 songs on The Shadow I Remember. Instead of sticking to a tried-but-true formula, his songwriting stretched out while digging deeper into his melodic talents. “I felt like I was locked in a character,” Baldi says of becoming a reliable supplier of heavy, hook-filled rock songs. “I felt like I was playing a role and not myself. I really didn’t like that