The change is drastic and the results beautiful. Recorded two years after Repeat's debut CD, Select Dialect takes the listener into a completely different world of sounds. Toshimaru Nakamura has dropped the guitar treated with electronics to concentrate solely on his "no-input mixing board." The direct consequence of this esthetic move is found in an evolution toward lowercase sound. Jason Kahn still approaches his drums with a mixture of post-rock rhythms and abstract gestures inspired by free improv players like Roger Turner and Günter Müller. But he also uses more electronics, sampling and looping strange beats. More austere, Select Dialect is nonetheless a fascinating album bristling with innovative ideas. Beautifully recorded by Bob Drake, the album shifts between very abstract electronic pieces and surprising pop-ish tunes. In the process, Repeat lost part of its joie de vivre (for instance, the ten tracks on this CD are without titles, while the previous one contained oblique gems like "Eating Raw Fish Is Cooking in Your Mouth") -- the music still remains livelier than, say, Otomo Yoshihide's I.S.O. project. Whether the duo takes themselves more seriously or not is hardly relevant. What matters is the fact that the music has become more gripping, but also more composed and mature. Recommended.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture