Album review

Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons

In a few years, Julian Cope will write essays celebrating the brilliance of this debut full-length album. Formerly a confrontational noise band from Rhode Island, Black Dice now live in Brooklyn, record for the radically hip DFA label, and have organised their art-skronk into pulsating pieces in an avant-shamanic tradition that includes late Boredoms, early Popol Vuh and Coil. The dominant tone is violent ambience so that, remarkably, the noise eruptions seem no more malign than the superficially quiet passages that precede them. It all adds up to a genuinely psychedelic record.

Rating: 4 / 10


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