It's been a rather quiet two years for Black Dice, but they announced yesterday afternoon that Repo, their 5th release, will be made available on Paw Tracks, the illustrious label founded and co-operated by members of Animal Collective. The full length will be available on CD and double LP, and both will come with a 20 page art booklet, and will be made available on April 7, 2009.
Describing a Black Dice song for those who haven't heard it is pure futility. As if deconstructing and analogizing an N'Sync song wasn't hard enough, imagine a musical canvas for which no handy criteria has yet been forged by which to measure, or even define, the craft? To hear Black Dice is to hear a world in 8 bit, and no one has blown on the cartridge in a decade. Or a mucus membrane being pierced by an ice pick. Rupturous, corrosive, elegant and unruly, Black Dice has winked at many forms, but always from a safe and anarchic distance.
Beaches and Canyons, their debut on DFA, is the material to pay the closest attention to. DFA has a curious talent for signing great acts and watering them down-- here's hoping that Repo proves once and for all that Black Dice are an exception to the rule. And, while we're hoping, here's a crossed finger that the Brooklyn three piece will breeze back this way for a show or two-- their last performance at the Soo Gallery was a year maker for enthusiasts of all things esoteric.
Still bewildered? Check out this video of Black Dice performing "Kokomo" for the BBC.