Nudge coalesced as a trio for the recording of Cached. Honey Owens is a member of the freeform rock collective Jackie- O Motherfucker, Brian Foote and Paul Dickow were in Fontanelle, Foote and Dickow DJ, and Dickow performs and releases music as Strategy.
Nudge have released one album on Foote's Outward Music Co. imprint, contributed Elaborate Devices for Filtering Crisis to the Tigerbeat 6 catalog, and made numerous compilation appearances. Based in Portland, OR, Nudge is situated at the nexus of a remarkable musical scene in which the divisions between electronic, improvising and rock-based musics are routinely ignored. Owens books the Dunes Club where electronic and improvising music commingle, Dickow books DJ nights and Foote is involved in the Audraglint label.
Beginning with the balanced melodies of guitar and vocal that lead off Cached on "Classic Mode," Nudge demonstrates a remarkable range and mixture of real time playing and electronic processing. Rhythms hint at dub reggae or African patterns while the accretion of electronic textures goes on above and below the melodies and beats. This interlocking of electronic and organic instrumental sounds is what sets Nudge aside from those who simply glue twee melodies onto drum machines and synth pads.
Nudge enjoys their flirtations with genre, which makes Cached a genuine look at a band in "play" mode (as opposed to po-faced "work").
Dave Segal, Portland Mercury July 3-9, 2003
Philip Sherburne, XLR8R, May 2003