Just over two years ago in my very first review for this site, which also happened to be a Gobby video review, I praised the NYC-and-sometimes-Boston-based producer’s track “Red Seal” as a “lopsided and amorphous collage of fizzy granular noise, distorted drums, vertigo-inducing synth swirls and bleak vocal snippets.” It was and is great, but the Gobster has taken some massive strides in the intervening two years.
On “The Dishwasher”, the second video from his first album for DFA, Gobby hits hard with a mechanized, effects-heavy vocal monologue, some animal noises, drums that hit like a steamroller, and a subtle minor-key melody. It’s the sort of foreboding, but not overly serious, experimental electronic music that is almost impossibly to ignore.
The video, directed by Mark Kokopeli, looks something like playing a first-person shooter on acid. The clip fits the track well and actually manages to enhance the already substantial oddness factor of the music.
“The Dishwasher” is from the album No Mercy Bad Poet, available now from DFA.