Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise

March 11, 2010

Hendrik Weber/Pantha Du Prince

In fact, these three reviewers get it pretty much right.

I first picked up “Black Noise,” the new lp by Pantha Du Prince, because of the collaboration with Noah Lennox, “Stick To My Side.” But as great as that track is, the album has stayed on repeat for me over the past couple of weeks because of the others, many of which are even better.

Part of it, I think, is that though I guess you’d call them examples of minimal techno, there’s a lot going on already in these tracks, even without guest vocals. From the field recordings on the opener “Lay in a Shimmer,” to the pinball-machine-like effects of “The Splendour,” to the bells of “Bohemian Forest,” to the layers of percussion on the hypnotic “Welt Am Draht.” That last one being my personal favorite and also an apparent nod to a Fassbinder made-for-tv-movie about a counterfeit world, a work that must surely have also influenced Jonathan Lethem when writing his latest novel.

“Black Noise” is a superb album, and you can stream it through the Rough Trade website.


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