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Black Dice – Big Deal

Taking their stunted Electro sound onto stunted Rock territory, here is Black Dice with a track from their 2016 EP of the same name.


Black Dice – Things Will Never Be The Same

Black Dice’s 2003 magnum opus ‘Beaches & Canyons” is, as the title suggests, the Brooklyn acts ode to the Californian beach’s; a kind of ‘Surf’s Up’ as played through the looking glass. This track is that moment a huge black cloud passes over the sun, throwing the sand and water into shadow. Or perhaps it’s a massive, dark green wave that wipes out a surfer? A gloomy moment on an extremely far out, yet colourful album.

Black Dice – Snarly Yow

The opener from the bands 2005 album ‘Broken Ear Record’ set out the stall for their new direction post-drummer; which means busted, whacked out Electro on a serious dose of Psilocybin. Wonder at the mashed-ness of it all.

Black Dice – Miles Of Smiles

Field recordings meet the Dice’s noise boxes from this 2004 EP on Fat Cat records. This was back in the day when one didn’t quite know what to expect from Black Dice; apart from the fact that the music would be heavy duty lysergic sonics. Distorted marching bands and crickets abound on this 13 minute piece. See also the other track from the EP titled ‘Trip Dude Delay’, found elsewhere on The Sentinel.

Black Dice – Wastered (Side B)

Wastered was a split EP between Animal Collective and Black Dice. The Dice side is as monged out as one would expect from the band circa 2004. They were really making peak LSD moment music around this time; all Day-Glo terror and retardation.

Black Dice – Skeleton

New York’s Black Dice’s ‘Creature Comforts’ album from 2004 was the transition between the epic Avant-Rock of ‘Beaches & Canyons’ (2003), and the dayglo, whacked out Electro of ‘Broken Ear record’ (2005); an album that was out there in the lysergic netherworld, and placed the outfit among acts like Nurse With Wound and Irr.App.(Ext.). The track Skeleton has more structure than the majority of the album, but is still wayward, and takes the listener out deep into the magic mushroom laden woods with no map for the return journey. Queasy and spandangled psychedelia from the Noughties.

Black Dice – Trip Dude Delay

Expansive and nutted, this is Black Dice at their beatless best from their 2004 EP ‘Miles Of Smiles’. Drones give way to noise, noise gives way to stuttering percussion, and so on.

Black Dice – Gore

Black Dice in their retarded-Electro mode from 2007’s ‘Load Blown’. This track really devastates and sounds like someone released a metallic origami monster into the room.

Black Dice – Smiling Off (DFA Remix)

Black Dice’s psychedelic Brian-Wilson-dreams-of-Electro tune from 2005’s ‘Broken Ear Record’ gets a space disco overhaul. Tune.

Black Dice – Creature

Black Dice’s 2004 album ‘Creature Comforts’ seems to have been forgotten, and rarely gets a mention when their history is combed over. This is a shame as it’s a very interesting album. It’s a transitional album, that’s for sure; sitting between the expansive uber avant-rock of ‘Beaches & Canyons’, and the stunted, malformed Electro of ‘Broken Ear Record’, which brought us the sound they have pursued ever since. Their change of sound was enforced by the fact that their drummer, Hisham Bharoocha left the band after ‘Beaches & Canyons’; and on ‘Creature comforts’ they dispense of rhythm for large sections of the album; when used, the patterns are seemingly crude and rudimentary (but don’t let that give you the wrong impression, listen to the amazing centrepiece’Skeleton’ to see what I mean). However, at the tail end of this tune, they go for a full on tribal (Techno?) workout that underpins that serrated electronics.

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