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Black Dice
Creature Comforts (DFA Records)

By: Cam Lindsay

With each new release, the always colourful and unpredictable Black Dice discovers new ground with their remarkable abilities and wild imaginations. Now operating as a trio since the departure of drummer Hisham Bharoocha, the Brooklyn, New York noiseniks are still pushing that envelope, refusing to settle on any specific sound. It comes as no surprise then that their fourth album, Creature Comforts, is as unrecognisable from the recent Miles Of Smiles EP as it is from the jaw-dropping Beaches & Canyons of 2002. Again, the accompanying artwork does a nice job in complimenting the music, featuring patterns nearly in sync that form an image, which may or may not be what you think it is. And that is how Black Dice's abstract and disorderly soundscapes function. The bubbling rumbles of "Treetops" mask a rather harmless tune filled with melody and child-like exuberance. The progression through the album is astoundingly subdued, revealing some truly beautiful moments that hit you like a blissful jackhammer. The epic "Skeleton" is a slow builder that explodes into a summery psychedelic haze four minutes in. Fading in and out of consciousness, it feels like a five part symphony suffering from indecisiveness. A forever-morphing machine, Black Dice has assembled another psychedelic offering that is defies expectations, containing as much beauty as it does noise.
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