First Dog To Visit The Center Of The Earth


Alien planets must have had dinosaurs too. I wonder what they looked like all those hundreds of light years and generations of time and space away. Probably nothing like that crazy, vicious psychedelic canine on the cover of Corecore. But I'd guess they'd be scaled, 20-eyed behemothic beasts ten stories tall with jaws the size of compact cars. And wings probably. Also fins for maximum aquatic aptitude. And who better to excavate the bones of these extra-terrestrial monsters and show them to us (in audio form) than our trusty mutt First Dog to Visit the Center of the Earth? He's done it here—travelled to an alternate galaxy and mined the fossils, fetched them back for us (like a good dog) and reconstructed them into wild, wondrous shapes and forms nary an electronic musician (...let alone dog) has dared try to construct before. The tracks of Corecore are tall pillars of ancient/futuristic mysticism, towers of bass and synths that rise high into the stratosphere and lean way over on the brink of collapse to cast a deep, inscrutable shadow across the dance floor. 

For you see, these dinos danced. Dabbling in break and dub, FDVCE's latest finds him reigning in the blitzkriegs of disjointed synths into something much more pop-oriented and therefore manageable. But don't let that fool you—he's just as weird as ever. Laser-beam synthesizers are fractured into a million pieces while maintaining uniform trajectories that somehow make complete sense. The hooks are much more up front, initialized, recognized and then capitalized upon, while the lurching footsteps of a giant marches forth before tripping over itself—switching the groove, falling into woozy, drunken stupors and keeping the beat on the skittering edge of its seat while always 110% in the pocket. I could go on hours and hours into track-by-track detailed descriptions to try and explain all the brilliant switches/turns/loops, and the subdivided whirlwinds of rhythm, and the unbelievably catchy, octavized melodies that make Corecore such a thrilling, magnificent ride... And I still wouldn't get it quite right. So many styles referenced, so many genres quoted, all of them pulverized, tenderized, vaporized, and obliterated into musico-historical space-dust. So much fun.

I was beginning to get a little worried about our pal Jack Rodriguez (namesake of the incredible FDVCE for which this post is most humbly dedicated to) after not hearing from him for well over 6 months. He releases tracks sporadically on his Soundcloud and generally takes them down right away, and there's been no real word on a new official release of any kind since 2010's monstrously amazing double-dose of the outstanding "Colossus Archosaur" and it's equally-astounding follow up "Every Machine On," the latter of which Foxy Digitalis contributor Travis Bird saw fit for inclusion in the "perfect 10" club.

So I've come to realize that ever since, Rodriguez has been hard at work. And with the rate these kids (mainly, I'm thinking of dear Jack as well as his partner-in-crime and oft-collaborator Boy Fruit, who's released something crazy like 56 albums in the last two months) crank out collections of songs, you'd have to expect that First Dog spending this much time on a single album would make some waves. And so: If Corecore is not his best work yet, it's at least his most accomplished and focused effort—by a stretch. What this means is that more people will hear it, more will be inclined to actually enjoy it, etc. Therefore, Corecore = FDVCE winning. And hard.


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August 1st, 2011