Eric Copeland – Flushing Meats 7” 7.2
A whole 7” by the prolific Eric Copeland shows off his obsession of merging nonsensical noise with beats. Here he shows off his love of the absurd. This year he’s had a handful of singles and a whole album’s worth of material alongside his larger ‘Black Dice’ collaborative project. Despite this activity he possesses a deeply weird sense of creativity which shows up on this 7”.
Both songs are ridiculously dance-orientated in that whole ‘rubber band expanding and contracting’ style Eric’s basically patented. Judging by Black Dice’s more recent work, they appear to be taking Eric’s approach a little more seriously. Prepare these for any depraved dance party you might hold. ‘Flushing Meats’ is the faster track which yo-yos up and down as a hook gradually emerges from the countless samples. Eventually it settles into a sunlit groove. ‘Gutterhouse’ is the marginally more contemplative closer which works itself up into a sweat. Actually the closer of the EP is considerably more repetitive. The changing loops are considerably more gradual as they transform into entirely different textures.
Repetition is what separates Eric’s work from his work with Black Dice. In Black Dice’s world things are constantly breaking down, exploding, smashing themselves against each other, and generally refusing to stay in place. Eric Copeland’s work has no problem doing the same thing over and over again to find a groove. ‘Flushing Meats’ shows how patterns form from endless looping. The two songs convey a sense of optimism with chaos. Embrace it.