Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Odd Nosdam & Matthewdavid- Swedish Fish


Two sound collagists have patched together a split EP that's being released in cassette-only form by Leaving Records. Odd Nosdam created trippy beats as a founding member of both the rap group cLOUDDEAD and its label Anticon, and has lent his talents to The Notwist, Boards of Canada, and a host of others. Matthewdavid is an LA-based music producer who runs the Leaving Records label. Both artists have a penchant for found sounds and atmospheric pieces. The lion's share of Nosdam's contribution to Swedish Fish comes in the form of "Swedish Tapes", an 18 minute live offering, from SF's Swedish American Music Hall, full of droney, industrial mind fuck that would have served the interrogators at Guantanamo Bay well. Matthewdavid appears to be the invested artist in this project, serving up four cuts of pulsing, distorted, ambient goodness. Think Fennesz with more emphasis on overt keyboard notes, but with none of the guitar work that has marked Fennesz's later releases. Matthewdavid doesn't build his pieces to a crescendo, but rather mutates and manipulates a central theme with tape hisses, rattles, vocoded synth passages, etc. Nosdam leads you to a prison of his own making while david lets you create an otherworld of your choosing.

Buy this record if want to split the personalities.


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