The video for Cloud Nothings‘ ‘Modern Act’, taken from their forthcoming album Life Without Sound, out on January 27 via Car Park Records, finds the band’s members dressed as older gentleman attending a funeral for drummer Jayson Gerycz.
What starts out as the band dealing with a tragic loss quickly turns sinister as each band member is killed off by a dark, sinister force.
“A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” Cloud Nothings’ frontman Dylan Baldi said in a statement. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.”
The “this” that Baldi is referring to is the band’s fourth and latest album. Life Without Sound was recorded at a much more leisurely pace than their acclaimed 2014 release Here and Nowhere Else. He was able to take a year to write the record with his bandmates.
They spend three weeks recording the album at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie)
“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi said. “But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn’t realize you were missing until it’s there-hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,” he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.”
Cloud Nothings also announced the dates of their upcoming tour;