September 13, 2010

Dibiase “Skullcrack” from Alpha Pup on Vimeo.

Nate Patrin dented the skull of Machines Hate Me with a 5.8 for Pitchfork and I can’t knock his reasoning, even the score is too low by a point and change. At times, the record smacks of endearing but Gotcha! 8-bit flips that were fresh when Dibiase first brought his boom box to Sketchbook, but scalped by 2010, when every 19-year old Ableton aspirant thinks unremembered nostalgia is the sacred way of the Neon Indian.

For the far-sighted, the take-home point is  that “Dibiase exhibits moments where he downplays the gimmickry and ambushes you with something completely unanticipated. For all the Tyco nightglow atmosphere, the better tracks– the billowy, flute-melting sleepwalk “Three Way Mirrors”; the haunted, crumbling soul of “Lumberjack”– reveal a producer who has more on his agenda than just reinterpretive flashbacks.” “Skullcrack” is somewhere in between — the video inspired by the pink elephant’s nightmare of Dumbo, the sound a mixture of green smoke and olive-dark bass. Something new and something old.

MP3: Dibiase-“Lumberjack”

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