|MH-230 cLOUDDEAD - Ten
Ten finds cLOUDDEAD building on all of the elements that defined their debut: razor sharp vocal interplay, quirky found sound samples, ambient drone dreamscapes, lyrics that walk the line between observational and confessional, and a fair share of nosdam drums slowed to a growl. Doseone and why? never take the cheap way out. Their lyrics may range from blurry and buried to sharp and surfaced, but each and every line has meaning. The music and production are collaborative, featuring Doseone's knack for bottling emotion, why's self-taught multi-instrumentalist efforts, and odd nosdam's flair for borrowed genius. Individually, Doseone, why? and odd nosdam are as prolific and fearless as anyone in today's new music scene, but together as cLOUDDEAD they are able to create music that captures all of the promise of their individual talents in an unequaled sound.
|All must hail - BBC / A brilliant swan song - CMJ / Genuinely original - Uncut / Catchy and sublime - Under The Radar / Unquestionably, cLOUDDEAD have arrived - Pitchfork / It’s golden - Magnet / Original and eccentric - Alarm / Strident and sophisticated - Grooves / Promising and satisfying – Stylus
|cLOUDDEAD have got to be one of the weirdest groups around at the moment. They sound like a snide and sinister cross between Land of the Loops and Boards of Canada. Pretty fucked up, right? Well, there's much fun to be had listening to the ten tracks on Ten. The first track, "Pop Song" is a multilayered burrito of a song with raps about spatulas and tongue depressors, absinthe drip female vocals, and more loops than you can shake a stick at. I forgot to mention that it's also catchy and sublime.
Doseone, why?, and odd nosdam make up cLOUDDEAD, and as you have probably guessed, they like to break the rules of what makes music pop. The experimental music on Ten is challenging to be sure but rewards the listener on repeated spins. Their lyrics are at one second juvenile and then profound the next moment. Who else has made a thought-provoking song about finding a couple of dogs dead on the side of the road? Not only did cLOUDDEAD do it with "Dead Dogs Two," they even got Boards of Canada to remix it on their twelve-inch. The end result sounds like something an alien would compose in an attempt to replicate what we supposedly listen to. Listening to Ten with headphones sounds like flying saucers shooting laser beams into your ears. - Under the Radar