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Electronic/Dance - Released October 5, 2018 | DFA Records

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Trogg Modal, Vol. 1 is described as more carefree than Eric Copeland's previous album. Given the fact that that one was called Goofballs, this one seems like it could be really tossed off and jokey. Copeland's material often seems spontaneous and playful, and this album upholds that spirit, but there's way more concentration on rhythm than on some of his previous outings. Goofballs and Black Bubblegum were much more lyrical than Trogg Modal; here, vocals generally appear in the form of distorted fragments. The album immediately establishes its perky, flippant mood with "Mateo," a simple uptempo beat filled with scattered vocal loops and synth bleeps. "321 Contact" is a minimal synth tune bringing to mind the Normal's "T.V.O.D.," with sinister vocal murmurs tucked behind its racing rhythm. Things slow down a bit for the drowsy thump and drizzling keyboards of "Heads," but the wobbly "Build-A-Brain" revs back up, with ratty hi-hats whirling over an insistent groove filled with echoed snares. "Fresco" is more representative of the outsider house sound common to Copeland's sometime-label L.I.E.S., with eerie disco strings peaking out of the tinny drum machines and detached synth squiggles, and a distinct lack of polish, yet it's not caked in grimy tape hiss like the work of some of his contemporaries. Nowhere near as bizarre or druggy as earlier Copeland releases like Alien in a Garbage Dump, Trogg Modal is still far removed from conventional dance music, but in that context, it's also one of the artist's more accessible recordings. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 26, 2018 | DFA Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 22, 2017 | DFA Records

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After presenting as close to a straightforward rock album as he's likely to get with 2016's Black Bubblegum, Eric Copeland explored abstract techno and house with the Palmetto Arts full-length Brooklyn Banks and the double-LP Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect, his fourth release for L.I.E.S. (counting a Black Dice 12"). Like Black Bubblegum, Copeland's 2017 effort Goofballs arrives on DFA, which has been a home to him since Black Dice's landmark 2002 album Beaches & Canyons, but it ends up sounding a bit closer to his L.I.E.S. releases. Most of these tracks consist of thumping drum machines and barely in-sync sequencers, all wrapped in the sort of lo-fi tape-recorded haze expected of experimental musicians venturing into dance music. A couple tracks, especially "Neckbone," have synth basslines which emulate old-school Chicago acid house, while "Disco Ball" is slower and more pounding, bordering on new beat. Some of the warped pop instincts of Black Bubblegum are present here, especially on opener "Boogieman," which features pitched-down vocals and punning lyrics, and is more silly than spooky. "Doo Whatcha Wah Wah," the album's final song, is a bit more of a lazy amble, with vocals pitched both up and down, sort of approximating a more laid-back Detroit Grand Pubahs. Other tracks just use vocals as textures, such as the far-off loop in the background of "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo," which brings to mind Psychic TV's acid house period. "Close Encounters" features the type of vocal scrambling common to Copeland's work, but with more of a heavy, club-friendly beat. "Smearjob" is a bit more subtle and sensual, simmering along without a massive kick drum, but it ends up being one of the album's most intoxicating tracks. The album's title is almost too perfect, as these songs are abundantly playful, but it doesn't come off as a novelty record. Instead, it's another fun, creative release from an artist who has been mutating dance music longer than many of his contemporaries. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic/Dance - Released August 23, 2018 | DFA Records

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Electronic/Dance - To be released March 29, 2019 | DFA Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 15, 2019 | DFA Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 1, 2019 | DFA Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 24, 2012 | Underwater Peoples Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 24, 2017 | DFA Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released July 8, 2016 | DFA Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 23, 2015 | DFA Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 17, 2012 | Post Present Medium

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Rock - Released August 14, 2009 | Paw Tracks

As one of the founding members of Black Dice, Eric Copeland has tried his hand at everything from no-holds-barred slabs of post-hardcore noise to dreamy, beat-driven exercises in neo-psychedelia. As a solo artist, Copeland juxtaposes blasts of noise against cannily looped samples from a myriad of esoteric sources to create a tumultuous, often unexpectedly beautiful web of colliding sounds. The seven-track EP ALIEN IN A GARBAGE DUMP represents the first installment of Copeland’s two-part follow-up to 2007’s acclaimed HERMAPHRODITE.
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 2, 2008 | Paw Tracks

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 19, 2011 | Post Present Medium

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 7, 2010 | Post Present Medium

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 20, 2010 | Post Present Medium

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 27, 2010 | Post Present Medium

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 21, 2012 | Post Present Medium