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Dumb It Down

by Eric Copeland

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Dumb It Down 02:55
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Groove Into 02:50
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Hey Worm 02:49
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Motorcycles 02:35
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Motor 02:37
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Push 02:45
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Dinosaurs 02:48
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Hey Zues 03:50

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"Dumb It Down" is the fifteenth solo LP by Eric Copeland of Black Dice, released in 2020 by Post Present Medium, who also released Eric's first solo LP in 2007. Nimble, persuasive, and brisk, these ten songs bounce along with a charm and directness that’s entirely unprecedented in Eric’s 20+ year career. The evocative, carnival loops that have defined his solo work for the past decade are joined here by the organic warmth of a nylon string guitar and breezy vocals that make no attempt to hide the laughter behind the words. It’s captivating, and Eric’s sense of catching and holding attention has truly never been stronger than on this record—he’s chatty and sly, direct yet never exposed.


An interviewer once asked Eric what his lyrics were about. “You know,” he replied, “like the blues.” The unprecedented clarity of “Dumb It Down” proves it true. Rooted in everyday life, these songs dart between enthusiasm and resignation, a deeply relatable contradiction of spirit. While this tension could derail a lesser record, Eric uses it to his advantage, constructing songs that feel casual and unrelenting in equal measure. It’s the balance found in “Louie Louie” and “Sex Bomb” and really only two or three others. In the alternate reality where Flipper is the most revered band of the 20th century, Eric Copeland’s “Dumb It Down” is the music buskers play in subway stations.

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released September 18, 2020

Written, Performed, Recorded, Produced and Artwork by: Eric Copeland.
Mixed and Co-produced by Rusty Santos

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Eric Copeland Palma, Spain

Eric Copeland of Black Dice + Terrestrial Tones and has solo releases on DFA, Paw Tracks, L.I.E.S., Underwater Peoples, Escho, Post Present Medium, and Catsup Plate among others.

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