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Cold Duck Complex presents Freshwater: Bad Love (released on M.I.T.E!: July 21, 2009)
Cold Duck Complex's "Enough" (2006) and "Figureheads" (2003)



Freshwater speaks directly to the heart, fuck the middlemind. Music deep enough to be played as instrumentals. Lyrics hot enough to be spit acapella. Fearlessly experimenting, breaking every paradigm of hip-hop, rock, jazz, pop, classical, and soul music, this shit takes you higher. Freshwater is producer/composer Joe Cardozo, aka Joey Freshwater, in collaboration with a multitude of vocalists, emcees, lyricists, musicians, and artists.

A little bit about the debut album:

We all know the word faith, common and maybe even cliche in America 2009, co-opted by political and religious leaders, a tool for placating the many. But true faith is personal, the fire that sustains each and every one of us. It is not just pining for something better, it is the real knowledge that the peace we crave is already within our grasp...we don't always see it, but it burns quietly in the back of our minds, in the depth of our hearts. Faith is born in despair, in the contradiction and confusion of life. Faith is earned. Faith starts where we hurt.

"To me, this album is an attempt to express my own discovery of faith, even as it intertwines with the voices of my collaborators." says Joe Cardozo, producer and composer of most of the music on Cold Duck Complex presents Freshwater: Bad Love. "Every hurdle was thrown up along the way: fighting amongst the band members, self-doubt, heartbreak, loss of focus...all the usual stories. But what begins in darkness, shines out in the end, and I hope this album reflects that."

Neither strictly a solo album nor a band album, Cold Duck Complex presents Freshwater: Bad Love is a joint release: the musical voice of Cardozo aka Joey Freshwater filtered through the hip-hop/rock/jazz machine that for the last 7 years has been called Cold Duck Complex. From the self-absorbed heartache of "What's Left?" through the rebirth of love in "Coming Home", "Bad Love" pits epic instrumental landscapes, running the gamut from soul to rock to gospel to jazz, against the confessional yet explosive delivery of emcee Platypus Complex. It is the faith born of a struggle, both internal and external, personal and interpersonal, metaphorical and very, very literal.

The album began as Cold Duck Complex, after 5 years and three releases, found itself losing steam. The band had developed a devoted fanbase throughout the northeastern US through their energetic live shows, and their deeply personal and political recordings had found favorable ears across the country and even Europe. But now the band members were spread out--drummer Makaya McCraven in Chicago, Cardozo and Platypus Complex in New York, and keyboardists Darby Wolf and Jeff D'Antona in Massachusetts--and without the money or time to sustain the project. Cardozo, not wanting to give up on the band yet, and at the same time wanting to give birth to his own vision as a producer and composer proposed to his bandmates that he take the reins on one more album. After two long years, Freshwater was born and the debut album is finally ready to be delivered to you, July 21, 2009 on M.I.T.E!

Freshwater will continue as its own project, the vehicle for Cardozo to continue to perform and record in collaboration with PC, Mak, Jeff, and Darby as well as other musicians, emcees, and vocalists, while still keeping the Cold Duck Complex collective intact.
Cold Duck Complex presents Freshwater: Bad Love is available now through iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, and directly from the band at