This is the first single off of the impending
second cLOUDDEAD album. Aside from the long wait for this release,
the anticipation is increased by the presence of a Boards
of Canada remix. So let's just say i was really looking
forward to this one. There are three songs, so let's consider
The A side starts with Dead Dogs Two, which apparently
features a guest appearance by someone known as "Josiah". Anyway,
this song starts with a light instrumental bit before the rappers
come in. Doseone starts out, singing a paen about how sleeping
dogs look dead when seen from a distance. The other voices join
in, and the song meanders in a way that really reminds me of
the song Only Child Explosion off of The
No Music by
Themselves, a band which also features Doseone. Coincidence?
Perhaps. At any rate, this is a good, light little tune. The
vocal harmonies are nice, and the music is pleasant. Not too
challenging, but decent enough.
Side A continues with Mulholland Instrumental which
is, in fact, an instrumental. This is instrumental hip-hop a
la the first DJ Shadow album. It grooves along pleasantly, but
again, isn't the most challenging thing i have ever heard.
The Boards of Canada remix of Dead Dogs Two fills the
B side of this 12". I really expected great things of this remix
since both of the bands involved are among my favorites. Sadly,
this song does not take cLOUDEAD's exquisite vocals and layer
them over funky beats and groovey organic keys. Instead, this
is a pretty faithful remix. It honestly isn't that different
from the original version, and if it didn't say "Boards of Canada
remix" on the sleeve, i wouldn't associate it with that band
at all. However, that said, it's not a bad song per se, it just
did not live up to my expectations.
In fact that is sort of true of the whole 12": it's not bad,
but it's nowhere near as good as it could have been. And that
is, on initial listenings at least, dissappointing. I dunno,
maybe it will grow on me, but i had really hoped to be bowled
over by this release.
a recent Boards of Canada re-release.
The No Music,
by Themselves, a cLOLUDEAD side-project.
by Hood, which features the rappers from cLOUDEAD with Hood's