Like The Gamble, these songs take their component parts from nonkeen's childhood jams, culling early 8-track tapes then splicing them with more contemporary recordings. Lead single "Diving Platform" is a granite slate of sound before Nils Frahm plunges in with his shimmering ivories, while songs like "The Journey of Hello Peter" or "Obviously Algebra" are adorned with arpeggios. And while Frahm's work on the keys is undeniably brilliant, it is the deft drumming of Frederic Gmeiner that truly propels this record, as evidenced on the songs "Glow" or "The Monkey in the Machine."
For an album comprised entirely of outtakes, Oddments of the Gamble sounds surprisingly realized and complete. Many of these songs could easily have appeared on the band's fantastic debut, if it were not for the issue of space. At this point, it almost seems like nonkeen have amassed a universe of beautiful music — they're just doling it out to listeners piecemeal, allowing us brief glimpses into their starry cosmos. (R & S Records)