Release Date: Oct 22, 2013
Record label: Graveface Records
Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock, Left-Field Hip-Hop
Sound alchemist Dosh's albums are generally seamless constructions of fluidly moving swatches of unexpectedly complementary sounds, with frenetic drumming stitched into the lining of beds of playful synths and surprisingly catchy melodies that teeter between quirky and sublime. Keen on collaboration, Dosh often brings other players and vocalists into his webs of sound, extracting the best of what they have to offer to dot his clever tracks with different perspectives. With Milk Money, Dosh's process seems particularly in focus, and though he can typically get a little busy, there's a new sense of calm at the core of these tunes.
Personally, I’ve been on a bit of a classical music binge lately, picking up albums as diverse as Glenn Gould’s recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as Mozart’s Requiem and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3. There’s something soothing about this genre, and I’ve cuddled myself in a heavy blanket listening to these discs and played them while taking a relaxing evening’s bath.
Is it better to bury the lede or to climax early? That’s the question that hangs highest at the close of Milk Money, the first album in three years from solo multi-instrumentalist, one-man loop station and Andrew Bird drummer Martin Dosh. Dosh begins with six slight and impressionistic pieces, each stopping not only well short of the five-minute mark but of any real peak, too. “Golden Silver”, for instance, slow-fades from a cool-blooded thicket of sighing organs, twinkling pianos, and thudding drums, evacuating its own oxygen before any eruption can occur.
Dosh’s latest album leaves some serious head-scratching. A Minneapolis-based electronic/ambient music producer doesn’t translate into accessibility for the casual listener, but to compound that, here’s a picture of Dosh showing what appears to be only minimal concern for the audience. His recent works didn’t exactly have the potential to engage a stadium, but on the cover of new album Milk Money, he’s seen staring at his instruments in an intent manner that screams isolation, a seeming disinterest in engaging others.
When he is not performing with other acts such as Cloak Ox or drumming for Andrew Bird multi-instrumentalist master, Martin Dosh creates calm and thoughtfully pensive electronic soundscapes by harnessing static noise while merging jazz, ambience and hip hop. What makes Dosh special is his creation process: he plays every instrument you hear, from drums to keyboard to xylophone, and loops each piece together one by one to create an effortless sound. For his seventh full length Milk Money, Dosh continues to impress.