(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

By YARA BEYDOUN, Staff Columnist

Artist: Cloud Nothings
Album: Attack on Memory
Release: January 24, 2012

When the indie rock band from Cleveland, Cloud Nothings, released their third LP, it was as if they were announcing their rebirth. Their old sound, which consisted of flat, mundane, pop tunes, did not leave me enthralled. It was just lacking.

Attack on Memory said to the world, “We’re finally here.” Loaded with dark lyrics and rock instrumentals, the band takes a very visceral approach and spoke of their wasted days as they try to forget about them. On the track “No Sentiment,” Dylan Baldi, lead singer and guitarist, blares out his final angst-filled thoughts of the past which he now has no remorse over letting go.

Many of the tracks on this album consist of continuous guitar riffs such as the 9 minute song “Wasted Days” which builds until the very end when Baldi screams over and over “I thought I would be more than this.” It will definitely get you excited and going. Throughout much of this however, I did feel there were a few spots of redundancy.

Many of the tracks contain the same repetitive structure of lyrics and instrumentals which I hope is not heavily carried over onto their next LP. But hey, if you want bad-ass indie rock, you’ll really want to check out this album.

Key Tracks: “Stay Useless,” “No Sentiment,” “Cut You.”

Track Review

Artist: Vampire Weekend
Single: Unbelievers

Vampire Weekend debuted their latest song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Halloween. “Unbelievers” has a cheery, upbeat melody with a quite different message.

Ezra Koenig sings about what many of us question about love, faith and ultimate fate: “We know the fire awaits unbelievers/ All of the sinners the same/ Girl you and I will die unbelievers bound to the tracks of the train.” It’s a fun, beautiful song—in an ironic, morbid way.

I’m very much looking forward to their upcoming album, which is said to feature many more questions about love, fate, life and death.