Music Mondays: Nothing

Welcome back music fans! This week we’re taking a listen to Tired of Tomorrow (here if you have Amazon Prime), the latest release from Nothing. Once again, there are a couple videos from the album, but no comprehensive playlist. If you’re unfamiliar with Nothing, it’s the brainchild of Domenic Palermo – former band member of hardcore punk rock bands Horror Show and XO Skeletons. No, this isn’t another punk rock offering. This album draws influence from the alternative rock subgenre dream-pop or shoe-gaze (if you prefer). I hesitate to classify the album as fully dream-pop/shoegaze because, although the band’s vocals qualify as ethereal, not all the songs offer up that typical sonic wall. Nothing’s use of lilting melodies and sonic dynamics is like a marriage of 90s alt-rockers Smashing Pumpkins and 60s troubadours Simon & Garfunkle. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, do yourself a favor and try to check out the album on one of the other streaming services.

On a side note, I’ve been asked where I find the music I select for these posts and how I make my decision. Let’s deal with the unfortunate “where” question first. I say unfortunate because it takes a bit of curating since a comprehensive list of new album releases doesn’t exist. My resources include:

Wiki’s List of 2016 albums

Pitchfork

Metacritic

AOTY (I’d forgotten about this resource until loyal reader, K reminded me)

Before I begin work (from home) on Fridays, I will compare the releases on those sites to see if any band or album name jumps out at me and then compile a list. Then I fire up YouTube or Amazon Prime to find the album and then go down the entire list for the all day listening party. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for me to go into Saturday to try finding something worthy to post or, if I find something that grabs me right away, I might cut the list short and give the ones I like another listen.

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