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The Cold Nose

Department of Eagles

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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.

Customer Reviews

Good Tunes

When I first listened to this record, I thought it sounded a little disjointed, but on repeated listens I realized that although this album doesnt seem to have any uniting theme or sound, all the tracks sound great. I would say this is a good record if you like the whole indie/hip hop vibe ala recent Damon Alburn projects and stuff like can definately hear some Grizzly Bear in there too, but the whole album takes itself far less seriously...and thats OK. Who can be serious all the time?

My Winter Album

I spent all winter walking two miles to the University of Utah campus with this in my ears. Though I bought it a year and a half after it came out, it sounded completely new and "Sailing by Night" quickly landed in my Top 25 Most Played. It's incredible quirkiness and its elusive quality are what make this album interestingly fresh after the 20th listen. This album has its fingers in all the pies and I recommend it to any Grizzly Bear fan, music fan, art fan, drug fan, or insomniac.

a few hit tracks

thoroughly enjoyed this album, esp. family romance and ghost in summer clothes. if you like grizzly bear, department of eagles is a must.


Formed: 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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