WILDERNESS OF NORTH AMERICA (2008)

by B L A C K I E... All Caps, With Spaces

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    "B L A C K I E's live set, framed by his custom multi-kilowatt wall of sound, has quickly become the stuff of Houston legend. The monolithic rig is best seen as a progection of B L A C K I E himself; a dangerous, hand-built pastiche of circuits, driven deep into the red, reeking of ozone and one cycle away from cascading electrical disaster. It inspires some combination of awe and fear to stand there and watch the two spill out impossible energy-it's no surprise that every show only ends, and always abruptly, when one of them can't take any more.
    Wilderness of North America, self-described as transatlantic grime, is no different. The album explodes open, casting you right into asynchronous looping vocals and his characteristic glitchy sampled beats. Tracks hop between deeply industrial and atmospheric, painting the continent as an expanse of chainlink-fenced backyards shadowed by chemical plants, bleak and tortured by the establishment. Two years in the making, the lyrics chronicle moral desperation, suicide, the disintegration of society, helplessness and redemption-nothing pop-rap can touch with the same sincerity.
    Wilderness is a towering, enormous sound, artist Michael LaCour's own anger terrifylingly articulated. It's an incredible album and easily one of the best of this year."
    KTRU RICE RADIO FOLIO SPRING 2009
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released May 10, 2008

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