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Album Review

An expanded edition of an album initially released in 2005, The Cold Nose is a highly enjoyable, occasionally incredibly goofy tapestry of sample-heavy downtempo instrumentals, quirky electronic pop songs, and giggly pisstakes like "Forty Dollar Rug" (an apparent dig at the Streets, based on the affected mockney accent) and the De La Soul-like hip-hop lark "Family Romance." Like some kind of stoned jam session between DJ Shadow, the Magnetic Fields, Portishead, and R. Stevie Moore (whose own predilection for strange monologues in silly tape-manipulated vocals is evoked — probably unknowingly — on the whacked-out bonus track "Dinner for Two"), The Cold Nose makes its own sort of idiosyncratic sense after a few listens — possibly fewer if listened to under the same altered states it appears to have been recorded in.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Originally known as the Whitey on the Moon UK, Department of Eagles blossomed from the recording project of two college roommates into purveyors of ambitious yet intimate music inspired by Van Dyke Parks and Paul McCartney. Fred Nicolaus and Daniel Rossen met in 2000, when they were assigned as each other's roommates during their freshman year at New York University. During their spring semester, they began experimenting with samples, recording software, and guitars, making music with the atmospheric...
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