A cheese board of remixes from production large dog Odd Nosdam, aka David Madson. Music To Psychic Drive By is a series of vast chasm-like reworks, expanding into all possible space, with synths, drones and hints of elation. He is doing the business on tracks from Blade Runner, Saroos and Our Sleepless Forest. Out on cassette tape from BARO. Get yer weed out.
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- Music To Psychic Drive By by Odd Nosdam
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 10 December 2014
Here we have a li'l tape of big reworks from California-based noise assembler David Madson who is a rather Odd Nosdam. At around 2 tracks and 20 minutes per side, this isn’t your average remix release. It’s pretty much an album in itself, despite pulling source material from 3 different artists and will definitely appeal to the low-speed trippers out there. I think driving extremely slowly is what constitutes a psychic drive, especially considering the levels of THC coursing through your wee veins. “Better drive extra safe now, I’m way gone, man”.
The track we’re greeted with, a remix of Our Sleepless Forest’s ‘Come Dawn’ spends the majority of its time building one single chord, intensifying with distortion and strung out melodies until some monolithic bass momentarily tolls a deep tone. Such is the intensity of the ambience created here. The natural noise of the tape just adds to the music contained inside, forming another layer of distorted brilliance. A bass guitar leaps into the fray for the following 10 minutes, with some distant formless melancholy acting as its arena. There’s so much delay and reverb and distortion! When combined as perfectly as this, the result is irresistible. Nice one Dave.
Over on side 2, Blade Runner’s blade has officially been run all over their own music. Funeral chords teeter on the brink of disintegration, sounding a bit like a synth and guitar played through a fuzz pedal into a deep, deep canyon. It comes close to one of Bloodbath’s grand death metal fiascos translated into noisy electronic. In fact, the final remix of ‘Cities and the Sky’ reminds me of the late Isis’ expansive ‘cleaner’ sections lathered with just as much echo.
Whether you’re into metal or not, if the fuzzier side of ambient electronic is your bag, Music to Psychic Drive By is essential listening.
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