01 Paralyzed - Bon Iver 're: Stacks'
02 The Gold Is Mine - Metronomy 'We Broke Free'
03 Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye 'Ain't That Peculiar'
04 Man I Use To Be - K-Os 'Man I Use To Be'
As Oddisee says himself:
"In a perfect world, you'd hear 'Odd Renditions', love it & say... 'Man this is really good & free! I should buy this guys album!'
Well lets make the world a better place, one pre-order at a time.
"People Hear What They See" is available for pre-order via firstname.lastname@example.org
This album is about influence, inspiration, perception & reality. Every song was written in an outside environment, so that I could observe the subjects that would become my subject matter. All too often in Hip Hop, reality is limited to that of the artists own, actual experiences. People Hear What They See is my attempt to liberate the MC from those constraints & allow reality to be penned other than my own. Listening to congressmen & lawyers converse on the steps of the supreme court inspired ‘American Greed’, Watching a couple argue over the phone in a bar inspired ‘Maybes’. By having a visual representation of my subject matter, my hopes are that the listener will see them through the worlds & melodies of my songs.
01. Ready To Rock
02. Do It All
03. That Real
04. Let It Go
05. American Greed
06. The Need Superficial
07. Way In Way Out
09 Anothers Grind
10. Set You Free
11. You Know Who You Are
12. Think of Things
“They say you have your whole life to make your first album/ guess I’ve been busy living so the first outcome/ was worth hearing...” - Oddisee “Ready To Rock”
Rappers are generally in the business of storytelling, but whether those stories are true or not is often a sidenote. “People Hear What They See” is Oddisee’s debut full length album, and its key concern is honesty - honesty with yourself, with what you tell the world, and the relationships people have with each other. The title came from a feeling that most of the time we’re content not to look or listen beneath the surface for the truths which lie beneath.
The steps of the Washington Memorial during the inauguration or a bus in east London just after the riots might not be the most practical places to write a song, but Oddisee felt it was important to write both what he saw happening around him and his own reactions to it - it’s easy to make up a hollow but impressive story when you’re alone. Often told by listeners that his music has a cinematic quality to it, sparking memories from the past or providing a soundtrack to an afternoon: Oddisee uses the spontaneous and unexpected moments which come from keen everyday observations and working with live musicians, rather than toiling at midnight in isolation with a crate full of samples in a studio, to create songs with an emotional and filmic quality.
Growing up in Washington DC, home to both America’s richest and poorest, shuttling between his Sudanese and African American families, Oddisee didn’t have the luxury of accepting a singular story or vision of the world as something he could believe in. “People Hear What They See” puts a microscope over those stories - be it a skewed media report on political policy, the escapist visions playing on commercial radio, an argument with a partner you’re with for all of the wrong reasons, or the fight between self-doubt and false-confidence in your own head.