Washington DC’s abstract electronics outfit return to LCR with their new (textually challenging) album ‘MO RE B ROKEN TH AN Y OU’. BLK w/BEAR were the first act on LCR at the label’s inception back in 2013 and it’s a pleasure to be working with them again.
Heavily involved in DC’s new electronics scene (including the Sonic Circuits series that “exposes audiences to cutting edge contemporary music that defies genres”), BLK w/BEAR operate more as a collective group of individuals intrigued by the possibilities of sound than as a traditional band. Not for nothing is one member credited as playing “Califone turntables” and “Morse code”.
‘MO RE B ROKEN TH AN Y OU’ is their most fully-realised recording to date. The album consumes multiple influences from the worlds of contemporary music and art, processing them into sounds that are both familiar and strangely disorienting. In their own words, BLK w/BEAR “wanted to create something familiar yet wholly different”.
TONESHIFT (US): "Full of dramatic pause and airy breadth."
SUBJECTIVISTEN (NL): "Mesmerizing: a collage-like whole where ambient, drones, neo-classical and glitches alternate and complement each other."
PRAISE FOR ‘The Final Mapping Of New Constellations’ (LCR Records, 2013)
THE WIRE (UK):“BLK w/BEAR are like Basic Channel at their most abstract, and after a serious nervous breakdown."
ECHOES & DUST (UK):“A sonic holy place.”
DECODER (US): “A space-bound entity, evoking the vast harmonious shifting of the cosmos through glitchy tape cuts, hovering strings and echoing drones."
TERRASCOPE (UK): “Teutonic, Eno-esque and psychedelic."
ABOUT THE PACKAGING
LCR011 comes housed in LCR's standard hand-printed letterpress packaging (printed by Red Plate Press) with CD wrap and digital collage cover by K. Craig.