|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
|Who is why?? And who is odd nosdam and who is Doseone? What is the Anticon collective and who calls this hip-hop? Is it the beats, or the beat poetry? What happens when three white art-school kids from Cincinnati get together and throw down rhyme-less, absurdist, Dadaist lyricism over laptop beats and samples like splinters pulled straight from Canadian Boards? When's the last time a so-called "rap" album shared as much with Eno's ambient series as with Run-DMC? Is this "new school?" Does it take drugs to come up with the lines like this: "When the people factory shuts down / There is no mad fandangle on the opposite ends of telescopes in spotlights in subparticles of rock?" Where does odd nosdam find these samples ("The Teen Keen Skip" starts off with a scratchy record of a British lad reciting odd couplets like "Wine and cake for gentlemen / Hay and corn for horses / A copper bell for good old wives / And kisses for the lasses")? How does one mix sound collage, post-rock, ambient experimentalism, indie-pop and hip-hop? How does one make bass drum sounds by beating Styrofoam on one's head? Is there a technique to playing the power drill? Where else do you find Abe Lincoln, gun-wielding fathers with orange-clad kids, Jesus, and Minnie Mouse in the same room? How are we going to get that rattlesnake out from the wheel well, and the strawberry out of the ostrich's throat? These boys beg questions, don't they? - Cornell Daily Sun