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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Pelican
City of Echoes
Hydra Head

Rating: 8/10 ?


August 24, 2007
Over the course of their career, Pelican have become the pre-imminent post-rock/metal/instrumental band in my catalogue-with-a-ue. The band has accrued such a trislashed description by combining muscular riffs with a melodic sensibility and not singing over it. Unlike some of their peers, Pelican are not content to relentlessly bash you over the head with their music.

City of Echoes picks up where A Fire In Our Throats left off, the album opener "Bliss In Concrete" making a seamless transition from the former to the latter. Heavy and punishing, the song lives up to its name. It's on the next track, the eponymous one, that Pelican show their range by book ending chugging guitars with a lighter melody that begins the uplifting tone of the rest of the album. That's not to say that the band has gone soft, but this time out, Pelican have chosen to explore a broader range of mood and atmosphere. Case in point is the beautifully titled "Winds With Hands," which is solely acoustic. Not to worry, the band closes the album strongly with the last three songs veering back toward their earlier, more bombastic sound.

Pelican are a phenomenal band in a genre of music that attracts mediocrity. They can wow with their virtuosity while still managing to elicit an emotional response. Add the fact that they have gotten progressively better with each successive album and Pelican stand a good chance of doing even greater things.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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