After a 2010 which saw the release of various EPs and a collection of self-produced demos in album form on the incredible Turning On, Dylan Baldi's moniker Cloud Nothings now releases an album on Wichita. The self-titled release has been recorded in a real studio with a very genuine producer, Chester Gwazda, who has previously worked with Future Islands. Having spent much of the past year on the road across Europe and the US, it is a wonder that Baldi found time to write and record another collection of new songs, but hopefully the Cleveland native has kept the form which first brought him to attention, despite losing the lo-fi noise of the early recordings.

The opener 'Understand At All' is a great introduction to those who haven't heard Cloud Nothings before - fast-paced garage rock with memorable pop hooks, and a sideline of scuzzy Julian Casablancas-style vocals. There's a youthful energy and enthusiasm that is hard not to fall for, and a nice line in self-depreciation with the repeated line of: "I don't understand at all". Having already mentioned his vocals, it will come as no surprise that 'Not Important' could easily have fitted on Is This It - and that's a tremendous compliment. On this song, Baldi shows he has grown some balls, and perhaps more confidence, in the way he shouts: "yet we'll always be the same". Already you're seeing how working with Gwazda has given a far more cohesive sound to the recordings. The lead single 'Should Have' is a bit gentler but still retains the layabout atmosphere of the likes of Best Coast and Wavves, while the instrumentation recalls the finest bands of the 80s. Baldi sings: "I always knew I'd follow you", and this gets in your head and stays there, like he was talking directly to, and possibly stalking, you.

'Forget You All The Time' slows down proceedings, and is seemingly a song of lost-love - wise words from someone who hasn't even reached his twenties yet: "I'm alright, I just forget you all the time'. This is swiftly followed by the punkier sound of 'Nothing's Wrong', which has the same fast pace that Blink 182 excelled in. It is a song that will make indie kids and punkers dance in harmony. The longest track on the album barely reaches three and a half minutes, so there's no time for it to get stale. The quite literal 'Rock' showcases this perfectly in boisterous fashion. 'Been Through'has a classic ambience and is a song destined to be a hit, bringing honest and mature lyrics -"I've been talking, you're getting older", and "I am understanding but I can't believe what you've been through", alongside an appeasing riff. Baldi played every instrument on this album himself- although it sounds like a whole band locked in a room together, bringing an almost "live" feel to the recordings - a real achievement. The album is full of lively singalong chants, occasional punk aggression and a youthful naivety that means i's never less than huge fun.

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