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ARTIST
TITLE
Roll The Dice
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
DIGI 055CD DIGI 055CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/8/2010

CD edition, featuring two bonus tracks and revised artwork. Though this is the official debut recording from Swedish duo Roll The Dice, Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt are certainly not strangers to the world of independent music. Mannerfelt has been producing records for years as The Subliminal Kid and also produces for and tours with Fever Ray while Pardon continuously composes for film and television. Having shared a studio in southern Stockholm for several years, they finally decided to join forces in something musical. Each of their sessions together started and ended in the same way. There were to be no pre-conceived ideas going in, but there had to be a completed track at the end of each day. These forced limitations led to a creative cloudburst, finding unexpected passages from beginning to end. Elements of early analog electronics bleed into hints of minimalists such as Terry Riley and Arvo Pärt. Repetition and understated progression engage the listener subtly. It may bring a piece of Basic Channel to mind, but it's another beast entirely. Each track consists of only synths and piano. Nothing more. No computer processing. No drum machines -- pure analog. The result is something warm and emotive. There may be a murky darkness underlying these tracks, something almost sinister, but there's a streak of something comfortingly familiar running throughout. Two years after their first session together, they put the finishing touches on the record through the API desk at the legendary Gröndal studio in west Stockholm. It is music that etches itself into your mind like diamond on glass. Pardon and Mannerfelt operate with absolute precision, expressing raw emotions and ideas that are as flitting as they are unforgettable.