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ODD NOSDAM
Burner

ABR0053CD
Anticon Records 2005
12 Tracks. 50mins48secs

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Although Odd Nosdam remains best known as one third of the now defunct cLOUDDEAD, he actually came to the attention of the Anticon collective well before he joined the band, thanks to a series of home-recorded cassettes showcasing his particular blend of hip-hop-infused beat and richly layered soundscapes.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, David Philip Madson, AKA Odd Nosdam, began experimenting with tapes in the mid-nineties after coming into contact with De La Soul’s seminal Three Feet High And Rising. This eventually led him to meet Doseone and why? some years later. Followed a series of luminous EPs, collected on the band’s debut album, on which he modelled atmospheric sonic backdrops for the pair’s diatribe. While Doseone got involved in a variety of other projects, Nosdam and why? collaborated on the album In The Shadow Of The Living Room as Reaching Quiet. Nosdam also released his first solo album, No More Wig For Ohio, on Anticon in 2003.

Following last year’s impressive second and last output as cLOUDDEAD, Nosdam now returns with Burner, a collection of twelve dense and atmospheric compositions building on the soundscapes developed on Ten. Although this is the work of Odd Nosdam, Burner features collaborations with label mate Dosh, Dax Pierson and Jel, who also officiate in Subtle alongside Doseone, Orvar Smarason (Múm), Andrew Broder (Fog), Doug McDiarmid, Faith No More’s Mike Patton and Jessica Bailiff to name but a few.

If Nosdam is not new to the soundscapes exposed here, Burner represents a major step in the evolution of his music. Left free to explore sounds as his intends to, Nosdam combines found sounds, real instrumentation, samples and other elements into a series of dark and often oppressive compositions. Nosdam crafts his intricate soundtrack with great care, apparently initially developing his compositions from a small pool of sounds, which contributes to this album feeling extremely consistent all the way through. Yet, each track is given a particular twist as layer after layer of sounds and instruments are applied, eventually forming dense clouds from which vocal samples, street recordings, including gunshots and street beatings recorded outside Nosdam’s home, or vocal contributions erupt almost constantly.

Adding to the oppressive feeling left by his soundscapes, Nosdam also uses repetition as a mean to destabilise his audience and to maintain the tension from the opening moments right to the very end. Recurring themes are found all the way through this album, the most noticeable echoed from Untitled One, which opens the album, onto Untitled Two and Three. If this can somehow disturb and confuse, it also gives this album its particular relief and texture.

Burner is certainly not as accessible as Odd Nosdam’s previous work, yet it is perhaps his most consistent and strongest to date. Although the variety of sound sources could have proved too much to deal with by most musicians, Nosdam manages to create here a stunning piece of contemporary music.

4.3/5.

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TRACKLIST

Untitled One
Refreshing Beverage
Choke
Small Mr Man Pants
Untitled Two
11th Ave Freakout Pt 1
11th Ave Freakout Pt 2
Clouded
Untitled Three
10. Gun
Upsetter
Flying Saucer Attack

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