Now. It pains me to say this. But at first - I didn't really dig Nozebleed.
I have to stop here and say that I've grown to enjoy it. It's still not my ab-so-lute favorite, but I do like it. I believe that most of my problem was that I didn't expect the dance music to have some of the...cornier lyrics of bad hip hop.
The first lyrics I heard were:
"let's get freaky, girl"
....which has its own deliriously funny charm, I suppose. But its not the lyrical craftsmanship I'm used to. He does get better as the songs go on, citing the 'getting freaky' from earlier lines as exploring uncharted lands that were as-yet-undiscovered. And I now find that I enjoy the song on its own merits as well as the irony of how...horrible that line is.
Mr. Noze, if you read this, rest assured that I do like your music.
Because, let's face it, even though I put a lot of emphasis on lyrics, music isn't spoken word, and the notes and sounds that Nozebleed cobbles together under his words are the real draw. Some might say that it isn't difficult to make electronic beeps and slides and effects sound good - but be my guest, you naysayers! I dare you to make a song that makes me as electro-happy as Nozebleed's tunes do.
He uses a beat beneath his music that sounds delightfully rich, and....even though this makes me sounds completely unprofessional and like I'm talking about baked goods....crunchy? Someone help me out here, is there a specific term for this beat? It's the rolling bchkbchkbchkbchk noise in quick succession...
I'm going to make myself stop sounding like an idiot, and just say that this rich electronic percussion grounds the light and elusive notes of his melodies. In a medium of music that's so easily manipulated and replicated by cheap computer programs, Nozebleed brings a stamp of unique originality and professional-grade quality to his tunes that rings oh-so-sweetly in your ear. This is, to my mind, the audio cheesecake of electronic music - thick, satisfying sounds that are both soothing and exciting.
That said, I don't listen to Nozebleed 'on the daily,' as it were. Perhaps this has to do with me not having all of it. I don't know. But back to the cheesecake analogy, it's nice once and a while, to know that I have something deliciously dance-soothing like Nozebleed to give an ear to when the mood strikes.
And yet how did my own personal sonic baked good, Nozebleed, make the leap across that tall building of our story to join forces with former Strata pipes Eric Victorino to create The Limousines?
Next time, my dovekins! Next time...