|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
|I don't think I've ever heard the rap genre mutated into such strange forms of expression before. cLOUDDEAD imprint ambient dreamscapes beyond hip-hop beats and undiscerning poetic rapping. I defy anyone to pigeonhole cLOUDDEAD, as they hop and skip through the musical playground, sifting through what's left of dead genres and throwing them into a great big bin, before returning to the studio and belching it all back out again. But read the lyrics; they're far more savvy and important than the meaningless drivel we've normal come to expect from their rap contemporaries. Standout track, "Dead Dogs Two" even gets the remix treatment from Board of Canada, fine mix it is as well. cLOUDDEAD are so bizarre they might find it problematic finding their niche, as Ten dangerously teeters on a precipice of musical originality which could just as easily see them ignored as winning awards. - Barcode