"Analogue equipment carries its own distinct charm, something most modern software just can't replicate. Where digital synths are unerringly accurate every time, the slightly bent and burnt circuitry of older, beaten-up gear lends it a wonderful feeling of unpredictability. Each time you send a signal blazing through its innards something slightly different comes out, lending it something it's getting harder to find in modern electronic music: a real sense of character. Stockholm duo Roll The Dice know this. Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt forsake the tired 'two blokes, two laptops' set up that's become an entrenched feature of modern electronic music. Instead, taking advantage of the chaotic nature of analogue synthesizers, they summon up ghosts from the machine, crafting instrumentals that unfold with an organic, spontaneous logic. Last year's self-titled debut proved an underground hit, its haunted pianos and pulsing electronics attracting fans like Kieran Hebden, Caribou and Fuck Buttons and landing in 2010 top tens by tastemakers Boomkat and Phonica. Their full-length follow-up for Leaf takes their sound in stark new directions. Compared with the warm, woody feel of their debut, In Dust is darkened and contemplative. It still recalls the kosmische explorations of Cluster and Tangerine Dream, and Kraftwerk's heady blend of pop and propulsion, but it feels lived in and worn down, like an old 12" that's been spun too many times, its groove scratched and erratic." (label info) vinyl version includes CD. also available on CD
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2011| LEAF | 18.90

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