Label: Fueled By Ramen
Released: 13th April 2018
Nothing, Nowhere has done a lot in a short space of time. He released his first song three years ago and already he’s toured with his heroes. On 2017’s ‘Reaper’, he built a graveyard world from his fears of loss, death and the unknown, painting himself as a shadowy figure on the outside looking in. ‘Ruiner’ tears down the expectations of what comes next, replacing that focused gloom with something a lot more fluid.
Nostalgic and soaked in a sepia glow, the record sees Nothing, Nowhere sat by himself in a quiet corner, reflecting on where he’s come from as the world races by outside. Scrawled admissions and feelings of loneliness dominate the record. ‘reminiscer’ does just that, ‘better’ opens with a sample wanting “to return to the classics” before N,N, gets homesick for something that doesn’t exist anymore. As much as the eleven tracks do dwell on home, away and change, ‘ruiner’ is never static.
There’s the laughter at the end of ‘reminiscer’, warm and joyous. There’s the pride of ‘hammer’ as he celebrates everything he’s become and the title track sees him skipping between weightless and racing. The closing ‘waster’, acoustic guitar and floating vocals, is the closest he’s ever come to making an actual emo song as he samples his own rage, putting him at war with himself. But as every track takes on a different shape, a different energy, it feels like Nothing, Nowhere has made peace with the scale of this project. That doesn’t stop him from aiming higher, though. More direct, more focused, more colourful, ‘ruiner’ burns with a soul-baring honesty and the simple desire to connect. Ali Shutler