The band wrote and recorded The Black Hole Understands while in pandemic self-isolation. As frontman Dylan Baldi explained in sharing the news, "it's a quarantine album, so like...not actually recorded live. i'm playing instruments and singing, [Jayson Gerycz] is playing drums. it's poppy and also kind of sad. which is more or less my state of mind."
On Friday (July 3), The Black Hole Understands will arrive through Cloud Nothings' Bandcamp page, which the group have recently populated with a series of career-spanning live recordings. A 25 percent cut of the proceeds from album sales will benefit music-education nonprofits Play On Philly and Rainey Institute.
Baldi noted on Twitter that Cloud Nothings will also launch a subscription service through the site tomorrow. He briefly detailed that it will offer fans a monthly digital EP, a discount on merchandise and, for a higher tier subscription, two vinyl records per year.
He also revealed that Cloud Nothings had finished an entirely separate album "made as an actual band in a room playing" in February before the pandemic, telling followers, "you'll hear that one eventually."
Tomorrow, Bandcamp will once again waive its revenue share on all purchases from midnight to midnight PT, allowing artists to keep 100 percent of sales proceeds.
The Black Hole Understands:
1. Story That I Live
2. The Sound of Everyone
3. An Average World
4. A Weird Interaction
5. Tall Gray Structure
6. A Silent Reaction
7. The Mess Is Permanent
8. Right on the Edge
9. Memory of Regret
10. The Black Hole Understands
incoming on friday, via bandcamp. let's just say i have stretched the built-in mac garageband guitar amps to the height of their fake guitar amp abilities pic.twitter.com/rFQijSWOvQ— Cloud Nothings (@cloudnothings) July 1, 2020
tomorrow! also starting a bandcamp subscription service - you'll get a digital EP every month, a discount on merch, and for the *super subscribers* you get 2 vinyl records a year. not a bad deal. https://t.co/iXOMiMDFCq— Cloud Nothings (@cloudnothings) July 2, 2020
it's a quarantine album, so like...not actually recorded live. i'm playing instruments and singing, jayson is playing drums. it's poppy and also kind of sad. which is more or less my state of mind.— Cloud Nothings (@cloudnothings) July 2, 2020
and a chunk of the proceeds are going to play on philly and the rainey institute (in cleveland), two organizations that provide arts education in areas of philly and cleveland that don't generally have easy access to that kind of— Cloud Nothings (@cloudnothings) July 2, 2020
there's also an album we made as an actual band in a room playing back in february - you'll hear that one eventually 🥳— Cloud Nothings (@cloudnothings) July 2, 2020