The Black Hole Understands

by Cloud Nothings

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Andrea Caccese
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Andrea Caccese I love the low-key flavor of this production, great songwriting and a nice idea for an album release
Laura Dobbins
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Laura Dobbins Cannot stop listening to this song!! Favorite track: The Mess Is Permanent.
Mike Delejewski
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Mike Delejewski On the Black Hole Understands, Cloud Nothings shift away from their hard- driving punk anthems and delve into a power-pop soundscape. Dylan is an insanely talented artist and I am hoping his trajectory following Black Hole is similar to other great acts like Superchunk and Bob Mould, musical stalwarts who've maitained their punk sensibilities while expanding their sound. Black Hole is also one of the best album to have been made and released during the pandemic. Well done, Dylan and company.
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When it sunk in that there might not be any live shows happening for the foreseeable future, the members of Cloud Nothings began work on what would become The Black Hole Understands. About a month into quarantine, Dylan Baldi and Jayson Gerycz started sending files back and forth, with guitars, bass, and vocals for the new songs being tracked in Philly while drums and mixing happened in Cleveland. This kind of remote recording process isn't out of the ordinary for some bands but it presented a new set of restrictions for Cloud Nothings, completely removing the element of interactive jamming and tightening the production around a set of streamlined summer pop songs. Since the start, every record has had its own vibe, but these songs take a sharp turn away from the noisy thrash and improv tendencies that have shown up on recent albums. The vocals are far more delicate and dreamy, floating along on fast, jangly songs. With clean hooks and uncluttered arrangements (a synth overdub from Bee Mask's Chris Madak is the album's only guest feature), the songs are the kind of concise, hook-heavy blasts the band was churning out in their earliest days, only a little more distant and weary. The Black Hole Understands isn't mellow by any means, but it shows a restraint that very much fits with the strange times that it was born of. The Black Hole Understands is hyper-melodic and high-energy but carries a sense of melancholy and cautious optimism that mirrors the restless dread of life on lockdown.

-Fred Thomas

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released July 3, 2020

Mastered by Jack Callahan

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Cloud Nothings Cleveland, Ohio

Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. ... more

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