Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Label: Rogue/Inertia
Release Date: February 4

The one-man band behind Cloud Nothings, Dylan Baldi, is only 19. The amazing thing is that he is about to release his highly anticipated self-titled debut. Highly. Anticipated. Cloud Nothings subtly taps and awakens your punk alter ego that you thought you laid to rest. Remember the late 90’s where you picked up your first guitar to play power chords? You picked up a few more riffs, scales and chords, and eventually graduated from guitar 101, leaving behind your punk roots. Cloud Nothings however carefully balances these punk riffs with upbeat pop melodies, blanketed with lo-fi fuzz. Consider a cross between early Pixies, Wavves and Pains of Being Pure at Heart – that is the sound of Cloud Nothings. A little twee, a little punk, heaps of variety and hella infectious. Between you and me, Cloud Nothings’ self-titled debut is something secretly awesome.

[MP3] Cloud Nothings – Understand It All


Fellow TWYE contributor, Zohara, will be doing the rounds in Europe for the next few months so you may find a few reports from her travels. She is particularly excited about this London show and here’s why.

In Australia it is not always easy to get a physical copy of the music you want. Last year neo-classical Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds, released “…and they have escaped the weight of darkness”. I raced around to small independent record stores and to larger music stores but to no avail was I able to find a copy that I could take home that day. The only option was is to get it shipped over from another country. I’ve been listening to his music since I came across his “Found Songs” project on a blog where he wrote and recorded one song per day for one week. This is when his music tapped into a plethora of feelings and emotions within me, even without the use of lyrics or vocal harmonies. I’ve been smitten ever since.

I am visiting Iceland in a few weeks time. I was crossing my fingers that Ólafur Arnalds may be playing when I am there, since I can’t imagine he’d be coming to Australia any time soon, but I heard he was on tour elsewhere. Turns out that he’s playing his new songs (and perhaps some old too) at The Tabernacle on the 7th of February which is the night I arrive in London! Hallelujah! So until then I’ll sit on the plane and brush up on Icelandic language and try to pronounce all of his songs and figure out what they translate to.

For anyone in London, come join! (Unless it’s sold out)

7th February 2011 @ The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London

I’m shattered, heart-broken even, to hear that Trish Keenan lost her battle with pneumonia today. The talented musician and vocalist for seminal electronic group, Broadcast, has left such an amazing legacy. Keenan had the creative vision unlike any other musician today and at the age 42, this world has lost such a beautiful soul.

I will miss you, Trish Keenan.

I know it has been a while since NYE but it feels like summer has just started so party on and party hard. I’m here to help you. So welcome to another year at TWYE.

I thought I’d start the year off still riding the lo-fi rnb waves of late 2010 simply because the tunes of The Weekend are so so good. Hailing from Toronto, Abel Tesfaye and Jeremy Rose are the crafty mixers behind the suave beats of The Weekend.

[MP3] The Weekend – What You Need

Trying to google this band was almost as bad as searching for Sydney-based quartet, Songs. So I’m going to tell you right now that The Weekend’s website is slightly bare. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

TWYE favourite, Toro Y Moi is about to drop his second full-length LP Underneath The Pine with “Still Sound” the first taste of what should be another magnificent and highly enjoyable record from Toro Y Moi.

[MP3] Toro Y Moi – Still Sound

Over in Sweden, jj are starting 2011 a little better with the release of this mixtape titled kills – I was underwhelmed with their last release to be honest. That said this mixtape crams some pretty sweet tunes from the past decade (I refuse to say the noughties).

[MP3] jj – New Work

You can download jj’s mixtape in it’s entirety here.

While we’re still on mixtapes, the lovely Kid Sister has her Kiss Kiss Kiss mixtape available over at Fools Gold Records. Jam-packed with gems, collabs and remixes as mastered by Nick Catchdubs, Kiss Kiss Kiss is a light, quick spin back in time accidentally getting one foot trapped in nu-rave and the other at Ibiza. Yeah, I’m a little confused myself.

[MP3] Kid Sister – Carte Blanche – Do!Do!Do! (Original + Laidback Luke Remix)

Kiss Kiss Kiss is available for download via Fools Gold.

The end of this month will see the release of Hercules & Love Affair’s new album Blue Songs and I’m a little bit very excited.

Sweat it out.

You didn’t think I’d leave you hanging into the new year without sharing my favorite records of this year, did you? That’s not me to do such a thing so without further adieu the records I’ve played and loved to death.

10. KissesThe Heart Of The Nightlife

// Pod / Inertia

Hands down this record wins the most infectious record award of this year. Even without the help from Hot Chip or The Whitest Boy Alive, I’m sure Kisses would be fine producing Don’t say I won’t catch you dancing to “Kisses” this silly season.

[MP3] Kisses – Kisses

9. Beach FossilsBeach Fossils

// Popfrenzy

Beach Fossils is perhaps the best precedent of lo-fi pop this year. Simple looped guitar riffs drenched in reverb coupled with naïve and playful lyrics results in dreamy, nostalgic mind trips. Some people may say this is too melodically repetitive but I like consistency. It makes the sunny atmosphere last that bit longer y’know?

[MP3] Beach Fossils – Daydream

8. Teengirl Fantasy7AM

// Merok/True Panther

Teengirl Fantasy’s 7AM is an explosion of tropical, lo-fi sound coming at you left, right and centre with soothing vocals, upbeat tempos and looped samples mixed with cosmic undertones. It’s the perfect late-night record for assorted antics; best played every time other than 7 in the morning.

[MP3] Teengirl Fantasy – Cheaters

7. Baths – Cerulean

// Anticon

The most underrated album of this year. Cerulean is honest and sweet electronic tunes perfect for lie downs, leisurely bike rides, visits to the beach and short road trips. This is a bright and refreshing sound from the self-thought musician from L.A.

[MP3] Baths – Hall

6. DrakeThank Me Later

// Cash Money Records

Oh no you di’n’t Ro. You did not just put Canadian rapper Drake in your top ten!? Featuring classic R&B samples and collaborations with the best of hip-hop, Thank Me Later is the album I never thought I’d enjoy post-adolescence. Believe it bitches but this shit is staying.

[MP3] Drake – Find Your Love

5. SiaWe Are Born

// Monkey Puzzle/Inertia

Despite the accolades and outside of this release Sia really is the true package – honest, fun (and funny), honest and real. Oh I forgot to mention she’s a pretty talented singer-songwriter too and We Are Born has reached new heights and fans. You can’t help but adore this lady and this shiny, fun record. I’m getting a little soft aren’t I?

[MP3] Sia – You’ve Changed

4. Happy BirthdayHappy Birthday

// Sub Pop

With sweet melodies and epic guitar hooks, this self-titled had me singing and jamming in no time. Influenced by a history of pop and rock, Happy Birthday’s album is without a doubt one of the classic releases of 2010. Ridiculous over-the-time swoon times to be had.

[MP3] Happy Birthday – Girls FM

3. SejaWe Have Secrets But Nobody Cares

// Rice Is Nice

Analogue synths plus sweet pop melodies equlas one pretty great record so big ups to Seja and her crafty skills for this gem of an album that I loved all year. Seriously though, I cannot find another local release this year that has been more memorable than this because if I remembered it, chances are it’d be here.

[MP3] Seja – I’ll Get to You

2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today

// 4AD/Remote Control

Finally, a mastered LP from the quirky genius that is Ariel Pink and it has never sounded so so good. What more can I say? It’s faultless. Before Today is a true gem.

[MP3] Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffitti – Round and Round

1. Glasser Ring

// True Panther/Remote Control

I knew that Cameron Mesirow – the lady behind Glasser – was all sorts of magic but to this astonishing degree as present in Ring and I’m floored. Ring is intricate, organic, minimal and truly a stunning listen. I bet you would never expect this record here but the sounds in this record crept up on me with absolute beauty.

[MP3] Glasser – Mirrorage

I hope everyone has had a great holiday season and cannot wait for the new year – this summer’s upcoming line of tours looks very promising and it’s about time too.

So you might have visited here a few days ago and noticed that Those Walls, Your Ears was m.i.a. – I’ve been updating the look of the site to something a little cleaner and easier to use. The photo galleries are still pages under construction and a few things still need to be fixed but if you notice something not quite right in your browser, give me a holler. Thanks for your patience everyone!


All the way from San Francisco, Girls delighted us with a calm and collected set showcasing songs from their self-titled debut and Broken Dreams Club EP last Wednesday night at the Manning. Curtains opened to a floral adorned stage with the focus heavily squared on Christopher Owens – his presence alluring us into his broken world. A soft version of “Ghost Mouth” was appropriate for an intimate setting of white roses perhaps epitomising the undertones of their songs.

The group made up principally of Owens and JR White also broke away from the relaxed atmosphere with some pop tunes the group are renowned for. Owen’s playfulness with his guitar and the band members stopped the awe and allowed the crowd to let loose.

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