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TERRESTRIAL TONES
Dead Drunk

PAW9
Paw Tracks 2006
07 Tracks. 32mins17secs

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Hailing from the hot bath of alternative talents that is Brooklyn currently, Terrestrial Tones are no other than Animal Collective’s Dave Portner (Avey Tare) and Black Dice’s Eric Copeland. The two formations have always been close, often touring together and sharing recording studios. With Terrestrial Tones, Portner and Copeland have devised a truly hedonistic project away from their respective commitments. Freely indulging in sonic experimentations at home, with no other intention than see what the result could sound like, Copeland and Portner have, over the last couple of years, developed a truly unique sound.

This, their third album, the first released on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks, follows in the footpath of the uncompromising noise experimentations of Oboroaed / Circus Lives (Uunited Acoustic Recordings) and Blasted (Psych-o-path) and continues to draw the map of an intriguing sonic landscape. Recorded entirely while the pair were sharing an apartment in Paris during the summer of 2005, Dead Drunk collects seven textural compositions where vocal samples, orchestral outbursts and various noises are thrown in, reduced to simple components and given some vague structure again. Although the resulting compositions give away very little as to the provenance of the sound sources or their original context, the pair create a rather evocative collection with Dead Drunk. There is something quite bohemian and dilettante about the aspect of this record, which suits the free-spirit attitude of the pair and gives some context to the whole piece.

The album kicks off with the rather chaotic Car Fumes before diving head first into the dense collage of The Sailor, a tentative pop song wouldn’t it be for the strident abrasions and mashed up overall setting. Plow Man share with some of Animal Collective’s earlier recordings a taste for hypnotic incantations but here, the Tones layer the chant under a thick blanket of mechanical noises. While the short interludes Gargoyles and Magic Trick appear almost bear and uncomfortably straightforward, Future Train and This Weekend Wow make no concession to easy listening. Although the latter appear gentler than the former, in parts at least, both tracks utterly challenge the preconception of noise improvisation by actually burying real melodic elements in the sonic pile-ups that form the main body of each track.

With this new collaborative effort, Portner and Copeland define once more their sonic environment but refuse to draft any map for listeners to follow. Instead, everyone is invited to set their own agenda, settle their own arguments and draw their own agenda. Dead Drunk is a captivating and magnificent junkyard of sounds and ambiences like no other.

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TRACKLIST

Car Fumes
The Sailor
Gargoyle
Plow Man
Magic Trick
Future Train
The Weekend Wow

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