The album, which the quartet wrote and conceptualized while quarantining at home, debuts at No. 65 on the Top Album Sales chart and No. 16 on Tastemaker Albums with 2,000 copies sold, according to MRC Data. (The latter chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week at independent and small chain record stores.) The group has previously made waves with their sets Attack On Memory (No. 121 on the Billboard 200 in 2012) and Here And Nowhere Else (No. 50 on the Billboard 200 in 2014), among others.
The Shadow I Remember finds the group reflecting on life and current events during a global pandemic. Lead vocalist Dylan Baldi tells Billboard that he’s found it best to remain hopeful and look for solutions amidst such uncertainty.
“I'm fascinated by the way the planet is constantly changing and being altered,” Baldi says. “I used to be very nihilistic about the end result of the whole process. But as I've gotten older I've started finding it important to try and retain a sense of hope for a decent future. It's easy to sit back and comment on the state of things, but it's much more rewarding to look for ways to improve the situation rather than let it all fall apart.”
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Band members & hometowns: Dylan Baldi, Westlake, Ohio (lead vocals, guitar); Chris Brown, Medina, Ohio (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals); Jayson Gerycz, Medina, Ohio (drums); TJ Duke, Medina, Ohio (bass, backing vocals)
Recommended Cloud Nothings track: “Nothing Without You”
Outside of the music: “I've been extolling the virtues of long distance running in just about every interview I've done these past few months,” Baldi says. “I do it with no headphones or anything, just running alone for long periods of time. Once I started getting into the higher double digit mileage it really turned into a type of zen-mind activity for me. It clears my brain of any stray annoying thoughts and leaves me feeling a lot more clear-headed for anything else I need to accomplish during the days.”
What’s next: “I play saxophone in some free-improv groups with our drummer and some other musicians,” Baldi adds. “I think this next year is going to be focused on digging deeper into that world and making some more recordings of those groups, once everyone is able to gather safely again. 2020 was a busy year for Cloud Nothings and I'm sure 2021 will be no different, but it's nice to find time for other music in there too.”
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