On their fifth full-length, Brooklyn’s Black Dice offer up an array of impressively warped experimental noises that straddle the line between aural insanity and slightly danceable avant-garde electronic music.
Whether it’s the sound of mangled and sped up vocal samples, jagged synth tones, distorted off-time beats or random outbursts of noise, Repo confirms that Black Dice is one of the premier acts within America’s experimental music and noise scenes.
As for the album itself, it kicks off with “Nite Creme,” a track that features an off-kilter beat, a host of layered synth tones, incoherent shouting and processed sound samples. Things get weirder on “Chicken Shit,” when spooky sounding vocal samples collide with high and low pitched synths and what sounds like a guitar run through heaps of effects pedals. Overall, the music throughout the rest of this release varies from dark and menacing to silly and psychedelic.
Repo is best suited for those with an open mind toward unconventional song structure, musical dissonance and experimentation. And, like previous efforts, this trio pushes a sound that may borrow from a host of influences, yet possesses a distinctive and innovative flavor unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.
Black Dice play the Palace Saturday, May 23, at 9 PM with Wolf Eyes and Rammer/Dunn. $8.