Ten
label: big dada
production: clouddead
year of release: 2004
 
 
 
 
tracklisting
1. Pop Song
2. The Keen Teen Skip
3. Rhymer's Only Room
4. The Velvet Ant
5. Son Of A Gun
6. Rifle Eyes
7. Dead Dogs Two
8. 3 Twenty
9. Physics Of A Unicycle
10. Our Name
CD 2
1. Dead Dogs Two with Josiah
2. Mulholland Instrumental with Jerry Jel Logan, Jordan Dalrymple
3. Dead Dogs Two (remixed by Boards Of Canada)
cLOUDDEAD could be called Oddballs, and it would be corny, but still fit. It took Dose, why? and Odd Nosdam a bundle of years to return after their first, much hailed. Self titled effort (read the review). And while back then people either hated it or pretended to understand it, this time around, that notion might be a little too in-credible. Even though not that much - but much more - has changed.
The way the first album came about was very naturally structured. You had a couple of 10"es, with each featuring one song (with at least two parts) on each side. The album then was merely fitting all these 10"es on one record.
This record "Ten", came about totally different. Maybe not in creation, but considering how it was released. With no 10" in sight and the 12" that lead up to "Ten" featured on a second CD, the music of the last two 10"es "The Peel Session" and the exceptional "The Sound Of A Handshake", is nowhere to be seen. That is, in the version of the 10".
Because - and this is how little has changed since the last cLOUDDEAD record - Dose, Odd and why? revisit a lot of past moments on this record. Be it the chainsaw singing on "The Keen Teen Skip" or how "Physics Of A Bicycle" and "Dead Dog" (both on "The Peel Session") became "Physics Of A Unicycle" and "Dead Dogs Two". And at the end of "Our Name", the thick laser atmospheres of "cLOUDDEAD Number Five" even appear again.
So what? Did the three run out of ideas? Or are these two resurrections merely an homage? Just a desire to revisit loved and admiringly remembered moments? Who knows?
The actual music certainly didn't stand still. As said: as much is different, as much stayed the same. The songs are much shorter though, less innocent, similarly playful and they in many ways sound similar to the first album, what makes - after all these years - the first one as timeless as the second one would like to be. The singing harmonies are even stronger, and the beginning loose alliance to rap has been completely abandoned. New sound adventures appear in a "Rhymer's Only Room", while "Dead Dogs Two" and "The Velvet Ant" sounds like an eighties song electrified by a 2000+ aesthetic.
What it probably basically is. Because as so many people say: you can not really invent anything new. Breaking it down to elements: the elements are always the same, the only thing you can do is rearrange 'em. What is a very sober sentiment: everything has been done before. Sure. But if anything, "Ten" picks up where the first album has left of. And cLOUDDEAD again create music that does a lot, tries a lot and as such allows to hear new things, as well as feel and experience new things. A complete contradiction in theories, but very much the case.
What's this record's biggest quality, is that it seamlessly moves on from "cLOUDDEAD", further away from where the journey originally started. What's its biggest burden, that if one wants to be really harsh, that it's in many ways merely a supplement. Heck, this is Pepsi compared to Coca Cola: Coke was first, Pepsi basically took what made Coke good and flipped it a little bit. It looks similar and tastes similar. Some will like Pepsi better, some Coke. But both are good. Same here: "cLOUDDEAD" was first, "Ten" basically took what made "cLOUDDEAD" good and flipped it a little bit. It looks similar and tastes similar. Some will like "Ten" better, some "cLOUDDEAD". But both are good.
review: tadah
 
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