BLACK DICE play Polyhaus Saturday (May 5). See listing. Rating: NNN
Mr. Impossible is easily Black Dice's most accessible album yet, but that's not saying much. It's still very uneasy listening, even if the band is embracing its dance influences more explicitly, something that may piss off fans who prefer a more purist take on avant-garde music.
Even by techno standards, much of this is just barely music, and makes you feel disoriented and nauseated if you spend too much time with it. Picture Captain Beefheart trying to make house music and you're getting close to the chaotic, herky-jerky vibe. What works best are their electronic abstractions of pop music. On songs like The Jacker, images of drunk robots trying to play rock 'n' roll come to mind, and it's a pleasingly giddy mess.
It's hard to think exactly who this album is for, but there has to be demand out there somewhere for experimental music that's explicitly fun, a band that can have a laugh without becoming a novelty act.
Top track: Pigs