Cloud Nothings - Carpark
FILTER Grade: 85%
By Kyle MacKinnel on March 3, 2011
Dylan Baldi has some mighty keen instincts. When given the opportunity to open for Woods and Real Estate during his college finals, the 18-year-old freshman decided to drop out of school and springboard his basement lo-fi project out of its infancy. The decision has proved a sound one. Cloud Nothings’ self-titled debut displays Baldi’s feral chops in natural light. Eleven punk-fueled songs sport enough palpable energy to keep Cloud Nothings afloat. Baldi plays every instrument on the record, and his sheer joy can be heard in every kick drum pulse and rapid downstroke. “Understand at All” opens the album nicely, building to a layered cohesion with Baldi’s falsetto mingling overhead. Elsewhere, the instant snag of “Heartbeat” lives beyond its minute-long lifespan, and “All the Time” looks forward with a youthful gusto: “I say forget forever/I’m doing fine right now.” Cloud Nothings jumped out of the gate fast and shows no signs of slowing.