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Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC

Date: 22.02.2014 | Electro, Downtempo, Psychedelic | Tags: Electronic, Ambient, Downtempo, IDM, FLAC, LOSSLESS, Dosh | Download Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC for free.
Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC

Personally, Ive been on a bit of a classical music binge lately, picking up albums as diverse as Glenn Goulds recordings of Bachs Goldberg Variations, as well as Mozarts Requiem and Sergei Rachmaninovs Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3. Theres something soothing about this genre, and Ive cuddled myself in a heavy blanket listening to these discs and played them while taking a relaxing evenings bath. Ive often wondered why music like this, outside of the Phillip Glasses and Avro Pärts of the world, isnt made any more.

Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC
Electronic, Ambient, Downtempo, IDM | Graveface
Lossless | FLAC | unmixed | 2013 | 46:42 | 276 Mb

1. We are the Worst
2. Death Set
3. Kisses
4. 20 Year
5. Unto Internity
6. Golden SIlver
7. Legos (for Terry)

I surmise that it might be that in the 18th and 19th centuries, this style of music belonged to the upper crust, and with the dawn of the industrial age and the rise of the working and middle class, other forms of popular music rushed in to take its place. (I may be right, I may be wrong, and Ill be the first to admit that Im still very much a novice when it comes to classical music as a whole. So please be gentle with me.) This makes the latest release, and first for Graveface Records, of Minneapolis-based multi-instrumentalist Martin Chavez Dosh, who records under his surname, quite appealing to me, at least on the surface. Milk Money feels like modern-day classical music, and employs one of the genres main hallmarks: namely, the lengthy, multiple suite composition.

In the case of Milk Money, that comes in the albums second half, which solely consists of the nearly 25-minute opus Legos (for Terry). The piece was originally commissioned for a live performance in February 2013 with Glenn Kotche for the Walker Arts Centre in Doshs hometown, meant to be played as a duet with Kotche on the night of the Wilco drummers unveiling of his John Luther Adams collaboration, Illimaq. Interestingly enough, the piece as a whole was inspired by the period Doshs father spent as a Benedictine monk, though it feels much more current than that fact might lead one to believe. Given that the composition was commissioned for a benefactor, Legos (for Terry) could very much be said to be a modern classical composition in many respects. And clearly it is the centerpiece and highlight of Milk Money. It is an impressive achievement. Starting out with gently plucked Rhodes-piano notes, the song builds and builds, with female coos cutting in and out of the piece in a chopped-up fashion, until about the ten-minute mark, when a gorgeous piano melody in a loop begins to take shape. From there, the piece adds texture with an added motorik drive, as pinwheeling drums and childrens voices get gradually added to the mix. It may be nearly a half-hour long, but Legos (for Terry) commands the utmost attention.

Alas, the album that precedes it doesnt quite have the same effect, although it is certainly interesting at best. In gestation since January 2011, and a work that sees Dosh performing alone (guests who have graced the artists previous records, such as saxophonist Mike Lewis and violinist Andrew Bird, are absent here), the large bulk of Milk Money consists of three- and four-minute pieces that dont quite have the same impact as Legos (for Terry), though the material does get more appealing the deeper you get into it, which may be a result of the listener getting used to Doshs particular vision or, more likely, the songs getting better. The album opens with We Are the Worst, which is notable for, once again, offering chopped up female voices, but the feeling is one largely of ennui. The song, as a whole, doesnt really take flight in the way Legos (for Terry) does, for reasons that are hard to pin down, but it could just be that the song simply feels too short to really soar. It isnt until the Mellotron-drenched opening to Kisses that things pick up: the song quickly devolves into a rather eight-bit-esque stab of vintage gaming electronica, a feeling that gives the composition a bit of heft in a nostalgic sense of the term. Its nice. And then 20 Year, perhaps the high water mark of this earlier part of the album, takes drums that sounds a lot like hand claps, and builds a threatening yet glistening keyboard part on top of this, as male voices weave their way in and out of the mix. Being perhaps the best of the earlier doesnt make what follows any less appealing, however. Unto Internity appears and is somewhat chillwave-esque, with vintage keys throbbing and stabbing, before a remotely hip hop beat comes to the fore. However, follow-up song Golden Silver is a lilting piano interlude that does little more than set up Legos (for Terry), although it, too, is nice.

All in all, Milk Money is an intriguing work of songcraft, but one wonders if it might have been a tough stronger by just including Legos (for Terry). That might have just rendered this album a glorified EP, but that particular piece overshadows virtually all of the rest of the songs on this record. Perhaps there is something to be said for this type of music stretching out and being allowed to meander, as most of the stuff that is before it sometimes feels a little on the truncated side. However, Legos (for Terry) rescues the LP from being the wanderings of an artist who seems to be finding his way without the use of his former collaborators. That particular composition is anthemic in quality, and one has to wonder what this piece would have sounded like liveif pieces would have been added or taken away from it, if it could be stretched out to, say, an hour in length or shortened just a tad bit. The possibilities seem endless, and, to be sure, this is the kind of sound meant for cold winter nights huddled by the hi-fi in a particular heavy blanket getting lost in the songs various movements and shifting changes. Milk Money is pleasant enough as a whole, but Ill be damned if I didnt say that this journey is all about the destination, and getting to the particular pinnacle of the album is an fascinating, if it isnt altogether successful at times, proposition.

Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC

Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC
Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC
Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC
Dosh - Milk Money (2013) FLAC
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