Release Date: Jan 18, 2011
Record label: Knitting Factory Records
Women in indie rock tend to get classified as either cute unassuming types, banshees, or cartoons. With a few exceptions, they are always sexualized or judged against other “women in rock” as opposed to their male peers. Shilpa Ray may scream and wail, but she is not merely a banshee or some other she-devil who will send indie boys shaking beneath their shaggy bangs.
Cloud Nothings Cloud Nothings is a one-man studio band: 19-year-old Dylan Baldi, the songwriter whose frantic, fuzz-toned but ever-tuneful home recordings, from a suburban basement, were discovered online. He’s a throwback to the melodic early-1980s punk-pop of bands like the Replacements, with the immediacy of being an actual teenager — a nerdy, nasal-voiced underdog falling in love or lashing out. “You’re not that important now and that will always stay the same!” he sneers in two-syllable bursts.