»Dark Pool« is the new studio album from Black Rain, the project’s first in 18
years. Produced in New York City by Stuart Argabright, Black Rain’s founder and
figurehead, »Dark Pool« is a work of hard-edged sonic fiction rooted in cyberpunk’s quintessential neo-noir cityscape/dataspace but projecting into a farther future of biotechnological advancement and alienation.. Stuart Argabright co-founded seminal no wave minimalists Ike Yard (whose early 1980s work has been cited as an influence by the likes of Kode9, Young Echo and Silent Servant), collaborated with the late Rammellzee in futurist hip-hop outfit Death Comet Crew and as Dominatrix scored a bona fide club hit with the downtown electro classic »The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight« (1984).
Black Rain was revived in the wake of 2011’s
Now I’m Just A Number’s release and Argabright has toured extensively under the
name and last year released an EP of live recordings, Protoplasm, on BEB.
Vocals (on »Profusion« and »Profusion II«) from Zoe Zanias (Keluar), and a brief
spoken intervention from Sean Young (who of course played Rachel in Blade
Runner) are simply the most audible manifestations of a dejected feminine presence that haunts the entire album. For all its textual references, »Dark Pool« is a visceral and straight-talking affair: its bodyhammer rhythms and brooding sound design require no explanation for their impact to be felt.