Album Review: Alien In A Garbage Dump by Eric Copeland
Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics
Pitchfork - 72 Based on rating 7.2/10
To paraphrase Nate Dogg, if you smoke like Eric Copeland smoke, then you're high like every day. And at some point on that Möbius strip, the routine transmissions of life-- TV chatter, street chatter, radio chatter-- morph into otherworldly assaults, mounting evidence of a conspiracy against human peace. Hippies called this "turning on." But pop art proved that there were ways to embrace the noise without surrendering to it.
New Musical Express (NME) - 60 Based on rating 3/5
The tougher-eared amongst you may know Eric Copeland as one half of Brooklyn’s hyper-hip, DFA-signed experimental electronic types [a]Black Dice[/a]. This is his second solo effort and one of the seven songs – sorry, ‘pieces’ – is entitled ‘Reptilian Space Beings Shapeshifting Bloodsucking Vampires’. That’s as good a description as any of the weird-noisefest contained within.
Since Eric Copeland is one-third of the sonically abrasive Black Dice and an occasional collaborator with critical darlings and noise-pop group Animal Collective, you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Alien in a Garbage Dump. The title itself is a dead giveaway. This collection of two previously vinyl-only EPs shows the workings of a mind that was lost either in paranoid schizophrenia or an obtuse psychedelic experience or somewhere in the middle.