30. Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory
Label: Capark Records
Released: January 24th
With their debut album, Cloud Nothings carved out a distinct lane in the indie world. Their fuzzy, coarse rock songs fit nicely with the direction the scene was moving in. In a risky move, the band almost completely veered off that path with the Steve Albini-produced Attack On Memory. The risk paid off. The band's third studio album is more crisp and robust than any of their previous work, and that new clarity allows the guitar-driven rock to reach new heights with big hooks and catchy melodies that may have been drowned out in their earlier work. Sounds like these Nothings are onto something.