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The Cold Nose

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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, 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.

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