Black Dice: Repo (Paw Tracks) 

Black Dice treats electronica like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion treats the blues: The audacious Brooklyn trio takes a big bite of musical matter and chews it up, reducing it to its basic building blocks, and then aggressively spits it back at listeners. This process results in chaotic sound collages, an assaultive variation on IDM that is both intellectually engaging and physiologically enervating.

Black Dice have been celebrated as sonic pioneers and dismissed as bellicose and annoying. Either way, this band challenges and subverts what is generally considered music, not unlike similar artists such as Squarepusher, Wolf Eyes, Fuck Buttons and Melt-Banana.

With that established, Repo is perhaps their most musical album yet. Still, the abstract song constructions are completely open to interpretation. The leadoff track, "Nite Creme," for instance, with its electronic snarls and gulps, and a beat that vacillates between rigid and rubbery, could be the rutting call of a prehistoric mammal. Or it could be simply be a diverting amalgam of noise.

Many of the tunes are marked by window-rattling bass, garbled vocals and waves of aggressive distortion, but each has unique melodic elements, such as the half-intelligible Asian sounds embedded in "Lazy TV," the dripping bleeps of the strangely calming "Vegetable" and the spooky backwards vocals and grinding-metal guitar on "Chicken Shit." Disturbing? Yes, but entertainingly so.

More by Gene Armstrong

  • Primer

    Tony Furtado
    • May 29, 2014
  • Wills Meets Reinhardt

    L.A.'s Cow Bop blends bebop and Western swing into a superbly danceable combo
    • May 22, 2014
  • Learning From Lennon

    Nothing personal, Paul McCartney. Bill Frisell started playing John Lennon's music by accident
    • May 15, 2014
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

Quick Bites: 1912 Turns Two

Quick Bites: Wasting Away Again

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Don't Forget the Coop

    Interview with Alice Cooper
    • Jun 15, 2017
  • Battle Acts: Sgt. Pepper Then vs. Sgt. Pepper Now

    We have no Summer of Love to ponder, no Vietnam War to protest, no miracle drug that's going to save us. But we do have an unpopular president and Sgt. Pepper to marvel over all over again. It's not the same, but it kinda is, and that's about the best splendid time that can be guaranteed for all in 2017.
    • Jun 8, 2017
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation