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Album Review

Culled from a series of limited 10" releases, Clouddead's eponymous debut isn't so much a fully formed album as it is a well-executed exercise in seasick, proggist psychedelia. With background textures that rival Boards of Canada in pastoral, tree-lined opacity and an obvious predilection for boggy atmospherics, Clouddead handily distances themselves from the rest of their hip-hop brethren. Indeed, this is something more considered and sinister — less about wayward braggadocio than it is about keeping your doors deadbolted at all hours of the night. Even their less-is-more approach to vocalism eventually starts playing tricks on your mind; when lyricists Dose and Why? emerge, it's usually to puncture the pleasant fog of some dulcet, wavering sample. The whole album reads like that; the sonic equivalent of your first legitimate drug trip as narrated by two jittery but triumphant kids who can't bear to keep their choice hiding place a secret any longer. While it's perhaps a tad overlong, Clouddead doesn't suffer from any shortage of great ideas. It's menacing, it's enthralling, and it's one of few modern-day records (hip-hop or otherwise) that honestly doesn't sound like anything — or anyone — else.

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Wow!

The amazing doseone, why?, and odd nosdam put all the singles they released together to make the great clouddead record you get here. Get this, it is classic. Much better than the second record, Ten. I just wish they had The sound of a handshake single as bonus material as it is the best thing they ever did. Hint hint iTunes.

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The mysterious cLOUDDEAD combines a trio of underground hip-hop artists arranged in the Anticon collective — Doseone, why?, and Odd Nosdam. Each of them are solo artists and featured artists on dozens of underground recordings, but their music as cLOUDDEAD is quite different and unlike anything you'd expect from a group of rap connoisseurs — it's both experimental and ambient, garnering many comparisons to the Residents and Brian Eno's Music for Airports or My Life in the Bush of Ghosts,...
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