Clouddead – “The Sound of a Handshake”/ “This About the City…” 10”Mush, 2002
Acquire: Half Price Books, Used, 2012
This 10” comes after the collection of their early 10”s cLOUDDEAD but precedes their first and final proper album Ten. It’s gorgeous and bizarre and still sounds ahead of its time ten years after its release while still recalling the avant-garde electro heydey of the late 90s in re DJ Shadow, Boards of Canada, and the Avalanches. cLOUDDEAD seem more groundbreaking, though, if only in the sense that I keep listening to this record over and over trying to pick it apart trying to figure out why it works so well. I caught Why? and Doseone at the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday and was amazed at the different paths they had taken. Why?’s music has grown increasingly poppier without sacrificing his distinct sound and style. Doseone’s music (and maybe Doseone himself) appear to have gone off the deep end. Looking like latter day Corey Haim he played some bizarro self-important maybe even audience mocking rap-dance stuff that was just about the most offputting set I’ve ever seen. Yet listening to this cLOUDDEAD record it’s all so coherent. Doseone’s high-pitched polysyllabic spit of words is compelling rather than obnoxious, especially when it’s paired up with Why?’s low snarky drawl, even when they’re parodizing “Who Let the Dogs Out?” People change, I guess.