(Photo: Jesse Lirola)

Cleveland-born indie band Cloud Nothings have some pretty noble aspirations for their forthcoming fifth studio album (sixth if you count last year’s collaborative project with Wavves). Singer-songwriter Dylan Baldi doesn’t want their songs to simply wash over listeners, leaving behind a residue of pleasant diversion. Oh, no. He wants to change some lives.

“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi says in a statement. “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. It’s supposed to be inspiring.”

With all due respect to Mr. Baldi’s intentions, his “version of new age music” sounds very little like new age music, which we mean as a compliment. You can listen to “Modern Act,” the first single off of Life Without Sound, and draw your own conclusions below.

Cloud Nothing—Life Without Sound

  1. Up To The Surface
  2. Things Are Right With You
  3. Internal World
  4. Darkened Rings
  5. Enter Entirely
  6. Modern Act
  7. Sight Unseen
  8. Strange Year
  9. Realize My Fate

Life Without Sound will be available January 27. The band will be touring through much of the fall and winter.

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Cloud Nothings tour dates

10/14—Fall For Greenville Fest—Greenville, SC

11/12—Outpost Festival—Santa Ana, CA

11/14—Starline Social Club—Oakland, CA

11/16—Hi Hat—Los Angeles, CA

1/26—Beachland Ballroom—Cleveland, OH

1/27—Lee’s Palace—Toronto, ON

1/28—Fairmount Theatre—Montreal, QC

1/30—Union Transfer—Philadelphia, PA

1/31— Paradise—Boston, MA

2/1—Webster Hall—New York, NY

2/3— Ottobar—Baltimore, MD

2/10—Thalia Hall —Chicago, IL

3/1—Loppen—Copenhagen, Denmark

3/2— Babel—Malmö, Sweden

3/3—Debaser Strand—Stockholm, Sweden

3/5— Parkteatret—Oslo, Norway

3/6— Knust—Hamburg, Germany

3/7— Bi Nuu—Berlin, Germany

3/8— Kranhalle—Munich, Germany

3/9— Luxor—Cologne, Germany

3/11— Paradiso—Amsterdam, Netherlands

3/12— Botanique—Brussels, Belgium

3/14—Petit Bain—Paris, France

3/16— Thekla—Bristok, UK

3/17— Stereo—Glasgow, UK

3/18—Deaf Institute—Manchester, UK

3/19—Brudenell Social Club—Leeds, UK

3/21— Koko—London, UK

3/22—The Hare & Hounds—Birmingham, UK

3/23—The Haunt—Brighton, UK

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