Steve Albini likes to think of himself as a “Hands-Off” type of producer, preferring the title engineer. Still, it’s difficult to listen to the Cloud Nothing’s “No Future/No Past,” the first track released from their second album due out this January, and not cite his work with bands like The Pixies, Mclusky, or even The Jesus Lizard as a direct influence on this track. To be clear, this is not the sweet ‘n’ innocent, lo-fi pop that first got Dylan Baldi and his band-mates noticed in Cleveland and across the states. No, this is noise rock in the soft/loud/soft style of the ’90s with an elastic bass line like one Kim Deal would have laid down on Surfer Rosa and a pointed howl that’s too Frank Black not to drop his name, too. Whether “No Future/No Past” is an indication of what we can expect once the album drops is anyone’s guess. And, that’s the point, isn’t it? Baldi, with a hand from Albini, has completely rewritten all expectations of his band.
- March 26, 2015
Much like the beloved American sitcom, Seinfeld, a show about nothing, Courtney Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, managers to be highly entertaining while working with the most banal source material. Man plays hooky from work. Couple goes house hunting. Courtney swims. Courtney buys groceries. These are but a sampling of the seemingly ordinary scenes recreated over the course of eleven songs. There's even a track, "Small Poppies," where Barnett thinks about moving the lawn. She doesn't actually cut the grass, mind you, she just thinks about it. Read More