Monta At Odds – Unsuspecting
Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s formation in the year 2000. Dedric’s pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney’s artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band’s central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators.
Originally released in 2005, Unsuspecting is Monta At Odds’ stunning debut. The band crafted a widely regarded album that captured their passion for dub, blunted jazz, spaced-out post-rock, hypnotic ambient music, and abstract funk. Instead of crossing musical boundaries, Monta At Odds grabs these genres and smashes them up into a soundscape of sonic delight.
“Soft and unobtrusive, but sly and complex enough to remain safely above bland mood music, Unsuspecting presents a cohesive collection of original tracks and obscure remixes. The overwhelming emphasis on groove — rather than art or experimentation — keeps the recording from being much more than a chill-out accessory, but in a world constantly accelerated by technology, it’s nice to be reminded that machines can also be used to slow things down.” (The Pitch Magazine)
“Unsuspecting is like a trip down a lost highway, slow and moody but always offering hope for what lies beyond the horizon. While Monta At Odds draw from inspirations of jazz, downtempo, and dub, their sound is an entirely unique combination of brushed snares, drifting string pads, abstract vibes, and melancholy guitar and piano, with sparse, distorted vocals. This album is for closing your eyes and drifting away … guaranteed to grow on you like a vine.” (Properly Chilled Blog)