The Year in Loudness

I wrote about my growing propensity for noise in 2012 for Creative Loafing. It features Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Japandroids, Metz, and others.
Photo by Jeremy Larson
Around this time last year, I received an advanced copy of Cloud Nothings' soon-to-be-released Attack on Memory. The Cleveland-based group's sophomore LP was a far cry from its past work, as Dylan Baldi traded in his warm-and-fuzzy lo-fi pop gems for an intense eight-song effort. The album had hooks, but the one-time bedroom songsmith had buried them under layers of brooding aggression. I thought it was too abrasive and loud, and it quickly fell out of my rotation.
What a difference a year makes. Not long after shelving Cloud Nothings' record for those very reasons, I found myself increasingly immersed in the musical characteristic of loudness. Six decades after John Cage showed the world that silence could be music, I've delved into the opposite end of the spectrum. In doing so, I've started to understand the finer nuances of sheer, unbridled cacophony. (Read full story here).
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