Cleveland quartet Cloud Nothings has a career arc of which young musicians can relate—and yearn to emulate.
Create relatable indie tracks in your bedroom. Promote them on social media; garner the attention of more established genre brethren; and eventually, carve out a sonic path that evolves with every electric release. This is a seemingly viable plan for countless creatives, and it’s these series of succinct steps that have catapulted the Dylan Baldi-led outfit to where it is today. Sort of.
It’s taken more than seven years after appearing on the scene with the endearingly raw “Hey Cool Kid” to get to this year’s polished and pulsating “Life Without Sound,” the band’s fourth studio album. But on its latest nine-track release, the Lake Erie collective carves through tightly produced material and elicits echoes of current and past genre associates like the New Pornographers and the Promise Ring. Now able to seamlessly progress from the dramatic and moody (“Up to the Surface”) to the jangling and jovial (“Modern Act”), Baldi, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist T.J. Duke, and guitarist Chris Brown have certainly made their next move away from its DIY origins.
Cloud Nothings performs at 8 p.m. April 28 in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door (box office, Ticketmaster).