“The Temple of Transparent Balls” is an essential Black Dog album and essential for lovers of dance/electronic music. Allegedly, it was originally to be called ‘Temple of Transparent Walls’ but got changed due to a legal dispute.

Their second album, TOTB is indicative of everything good about The Black Dog prior to their “split” in 96, where two band members left to form and concentrate on Plaid. Whether the true spirit of Black Dog remained in The Black Dog or left with Plaid is much debated. I’ve never been too hung up about it and enjoyed them both.

A few months after the release of Bytes (see previous post), The Black Dog reappeared on GPR with their first album proper, Temple Of Transparent Balls, and confirmed the band’s position as one of the most visionary acts around.

Full of deep, complex and subtle at times melody and great rhythms from laid back to heavier electronica, this album is great to chill out to, great to shove in the ipod when out for a walk and perfect for those post-club moments. And it has references to ancient civilisations and mysteries that were to reccur throughout their music. Of all of The Black Dog albums, this is second only to Bytes.

The Black Dog – Kings Of Sparta

The Black Dog – The Crete That Crete Made

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~ by acidted on May 27, 2008.

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