Review: “Attack on Memory,” Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings’ “Attack on Memory” feels like a nervous breakdown put on a record.

Songs are at one minute gloomy, melodic slogs and the next powerful torrents, all drenched in existential angst

Record Rating: 8.3 out of 10

and sewn together in the strangest ways.

For me, “Wasted Days,” was a favorite. In an album full of three and four minute tracks, it came in at nearly 9 minutes long. It’s oddly placed as the second track on the record and features a grand false crescendo where you think the track is going to come to an end but keeps going.

“I thought I would be more than this,” frontman Dylan Baldi howls throughout it.

Growing up in the 1990s, I think I may be predisposed to liking an album such as this one, as some tracks conjure up grunge greats like Nirvana. However, their sound also calls more contemporary bands to mind – Tokyo Police Club popped in my head at one point.

“Fall in” and “Stay Useless” provide a reprieve from the album’s drearier moments but they manage to maintain the sense of trepidation that feels present at all times. Even “Separation,” a three minute instrumental that falls right in the middle of the record, conveys that tension.

Though they also put out albums in 2010 and 2011, “Attack on Memory,” was the first I’ve heard from the band. Being as my only complaint about the album is that it’s way too short, I’m looking forward to what they have for us next.

– David A. Mann

DO IT LIVE: Cloud Nothings will be at Zanzabar, 2100 South Preston Street, Louisville, with Deloreans and Mordecai 9 p.m. March 21.

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The music blog of the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville & New Albany, Ind.

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