Cloud Noth­ings


Last Build­ing Burn­ing

Cloud Noth­ings have spent sev­eral al­bums ex­plor­ing the mid­dle ground

be­tween perky pop punk and ragged alt-rock, and Last Build­ing Burn­ing finds the Cleve­land band hon­ing in on what they do best. These eight tracks are soaked in ex­plo­sive dis­tor­tion and front­man Dy­lan Baldi’s lar­ynx-push­ing screams — but the noise-mon­ger­ing never comes at the ex­pense of good hooks. Open­ing cut “On an Edge” comes out the gate like a jug­ger­naut, with ul­tra-fast punk rhythms and Baldi’s throaty barks. And while the rest of the al­bum isn’t quite so fran­tic, the rowdy en­ergy rarely lets up: “The Echo of the World” has a hint of shoegaze, while the har­monies of “Leave Him Now” harken back to the giddy ear­worms of Cloud Noth­ings’ early days. A third of the al­bum’s run­time is taken up by 11-minute epic “Dis­so­lu­tion,” which goes from thun­der­ous noise rock to feed­back-laden ab­strac­tion and back. It’s a rare mo­ment of am­bi­tious sprawl on an al­bum that’s oth­er­wise lean, loud, and a no-non­sense cel­e­bra­tion of Cloud Noth­ings’ strengths. (Carpark)

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