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BEACHES AND CANYONS

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  • Audio CD (19 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B00007MBYQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

A man in the middle of a particularly nasty nervous breakdown is gibbering. Or someone is being humiliated on one of those Japanese endurance game shows. In fact, he's one of the vocalists in Black Dice...

Black Dice have been active in Brooklyn and New York since 1997, building a reputation with intense, loud and physically dangerous live shows. They've now unleashed this excellent hour long set. They use a conventional drum kit, with lots of ride cymbal. Coupled with (often processed) vocals and customised machines, this gives their sound an organic, very live quality. They listen hard to each other: there's a group gestalt going on. There's a great sense of dynamics and light and shade, with fragments of melody and quiet moments among the mayhem.

"Things Will Never Be The Same" rises to an alarming climax of intense moaning and metallic loops. "The Dream Is Going Down" starts out like one of Pere Ubu's more extreme sonic experiments pushed into overdrive before switching into overlapping rising guitar drones. It ends with a rather jolly, bubbling hoedown section with enthusiastic tambourine.

The closing "Big Drop" is as close as Black Dice get to conventional rock music. A 16 minute long guitar freak out with glimpses of thrash metal and Sonic Youth, whooping and hollering and (gasp) some conventional pounding drums. Just when you think it's gone it returns for a galloping finale a bit like "Ghost Riders In The Sky". Well, only a bit like it...

Egg heads, noise addicts and pain freaks alike will clutch this to their hearts. But this is a classic crossover record. If you occasionally try something more extreme, you'll find much to startle and impress you. Black Dice have a great name, and they've made a great album. --Nick Reynolds

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Black Dice have clearly moved on considerably from their first mini-album, 'Cold Hands', filling out their sound with shimmering electronic textures, and developing ideas, building them up from a simple starting point to dynamic conclusions. It's still pretty free-form stuff (and all the better for it), and the development of their sound definitely makes this a more satisfying album than their last, without seeming too much like they are caving in to traditional musical structure considerations. To me, the reference point for this album would be the more abstract moments of Can's 'Tago Mago' (Augmn and Peking O) but spiced up with moments of almost metallic intensity.
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I'd read good things about Black Dice, how they were the new gods of the Art-noise scene. Sadly, this doesn't cut it for me. Sure, it's plenty noisy in places, and pretty experiemental throughout, but there's something missing. It sounds very similar to the Acid Mothers Temple, with that psychedelic influence over it, and I didn't like them either. Oh well!
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