Odd Nosdam


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Once known as one of the primary architects of the Anticon sound, Odd Nosdam has largely explored other pastures since his last album for the label, 2009's T.I.M.E. Soundtrack. He's produced a few Anticon-released albums by rapper Serengeti, but most of his own releases since then have been splits, mixtapes, and cassettes, including a tribute to the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast. Sisters is Nosdam's second release for Leaving Records (following a 2011 split tape with the label's founder, Matthewdavid), and it displays him in fine form, touching on his heavy beat-driven side as well as his more experimental inclinations. The record starts with booming drums set at a lazy tempo along with echo-shrouded, turntable-sourced vocals. "Profane Bong Sue" features the pastoral, slowly rolling synth tones that were his calling card during the cLOUDDEAD days, setting the backdrop for more hard yet relaxed beats and trippy, distorted vocals. "Burrow" frames splendid widescreen strings and out-of-focus recordings with steady drumbeats. The album's second half drifts away from beat-focused material into more ambient waters, but it still maintains the same level of concentration. The title track is centered around droning church organ and choral samples, with a kick drum and cymbal flickering on every other measure for emphasis, but letting the more ethereal elements of the track shine. The album's only collaboration is "Endless 432" featuring Teebs, and it also steps away from upfront beats, pulling together harps, chimes, and whispers to form one of the album's most reflective, gorgeous moments. As with Nosdam's best work, the album feels sprawling but it never seems cobbled together or random; there's always an intense focus here, even while it seems spaced-out.

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