Black Dice - Repo

Black Dice - Repo
Genre: Pop\Rock
Recording Date: 2008
Artist: Black Dice
Album: Repo
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Recording Location: Gizpad; Rare Book Room
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Noise-Rock, Indie Electronic

Black Dice are as engaging and deranged as ever, and their fifth album is yet another one of their warped takes on electronic soundscaping. Full of whirs, buzzes, and glitchy blips galore -- like the mind of a robot as it runs out of batteries -- Repo finds the Rhode Islanders a long way from their noise rock roots. The pacing is more manic and the skronk is set to overdrive. Where Beaches and Canyons gave listeners time to breathe by way of ambience and spatial time outs, Repo is a constant blur of fractured mechanics. Even compared to 2004’s Broken Ear Record, which seemed jam-packed, Repo feels whirlwinded together especially with attention-deficient and drug-addled listeners in mind. Maddening noises and twists are crammed into the songs, and the sounds are rendered inscrutable through filters and mangled beyond recognition. Under all the crisp cracks, processed gurgles, phased splashes, and hip-hop fragments, the occasional shout, vocal gasp, or random trippy soundbite will sneak through the cracks, as if to mark a point of reference in the sonic wastelands (a sample of Steve Miller singing “Get high and watch the tunes,” for instance). At the surface, even though the instruments are hard to decipher, this is an instrumental album -- a squelchy instrumental album that pushes the envelope hard to the left. Sometimes the circuit-bent crudeness borders on intolerable, but when things come together, as they do in the gooey dub of “Glazin” and the screwed muck of "Lazy TV," certain aspects hint at a melody and it all makes absolute sense, in some wonderful sort of bizarro-world way. Either Black Dice have brilliantly discovered and unlocked the future sounds of music, or it’s just the sound of a couple grown men banging their gear through too many effects pedals. It seems too meticulously crafted for that. Odds are it’s the former.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Night Creme / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice5:31
Glazin / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice3:51
Earnings Plus Interest / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice2:22
Whirligig / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice0:20
La Cucaracha / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice6:58
Idiots Pasture / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice2:02
Lazy TV / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice5:05
Buddy / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice0:33
Ten Inches / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice2:02
Chicken Shit / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice4:01
Vegetable / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice2:50
Urban Supermist / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice1:22
Ultra Vomit Craze / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice6:37
Gag Shack / Bjorn Copeland / Eric Copeland / Aaron WarrenBlack Dice1:50

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