The DFA mainstay sounds poppier than ever on his new Arthur Russell-influenced album.
Black Bubblegum follows 2013’s Joke In The Hole, but takes a sharp turn from his traditionally sample-based electronics for a brighter sounder sound built on keyboards, guitars and effect pedals.
As the first single ‘On’ makes clear, Copeland has shifted his interest towards the most pop-oriented music of his career. It still contains plenty of the psychedelic weirdness that you’d expect from one of the Black Dice, but the song’s bouncing beat and chirpy flute-melody are undeniable.
Using quickly jotted down phrases, Copeland described inspirations for the album including “Glam holes, glitter dreams, one hit wonders, LGBT disco parties, Jonathan Richman, Missing Foundation, Neil Diamond, New Orleans, poverty, getting pushed out of another Brooklyn neighbourhood no Beach Boys, no Beatles, no Buddha … more Bad News Bears” adding that he was passing kidney stones for the entire recording in Brooklyn.