ODDxRude has masterfully achieved a blissful balance between the heavy and the gentle. “Thoughts I’d Never Say” is a song that explodes into life with volume and weight and intensity, but that soon falls away to the more atmospheric and ambient layers – upon which the deeply poetic and self-reflective lyricism unfolds in a subtle and calming sort of way. In between each vocal snippet, the style, and swagger with its manic energy and confidence. This, in contrast again with the surrounding riffs – the warmth of the accompanying instrumentation – creates a vastly dynamic and ever-interesting few minutes of music and performance. ODDxRude is a lo-fi indie artist out of southwest Michigan. He grew up in a small country town where he spent most of his time listening to music. A passion that inspired him to pursue a hobby of making music of his own. An activity that became more therapeutic than anything.
Considering the title of the track, the song represents a certain poetic style that is explored in an awesome and unquestionably honest manner. The melody is incredibly effective in portraying each line and each idea in a way that makes certain you’ve taken it in. From a songwriting perspective, the whole thing progresses in a powerful and distinctly emotional way. There are one or two lines within the song that really provoke a reaction and stay with you after listening – the song’s hook not least of all has a definite strength. You really only need to hear this release once to familiarize yourself with it and to then recognize the music or indeed the ODDxRude signature sound thereafter. His personality and musicianship come through in equal parts and it makes for a truly unique listening experience.
The song’s storytelling progresses throughout the recording, later turning to that self-reflective, considerate language that talks of deep thought and provokes a similar reaction in those who hear it. An inherent awareness of existence is continuously present, but there’s also an unwavering awareness of musicality and structure, of what works and what doesn’t, and this makes it a huge track. The sound is delicate and has depth but it’s also intense and loud and very easy to forget yourself to. The leading vocalist actually has an awesome tone of voice and it is amazing to listen to.