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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Urinine Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
They've named their band [DARYL], after a 1985 movie about a robotic boy who developed human emotions. Not a particularly good name, I'm afraid, but quite a nifty little band. They've developed a unique sound, and that's very rare these days.

Take any one of the math-rock/indie-emo/post-punk bands that have popped up lately, remove some of the layered guitar and replace it with a smidgen of synthesizer. Replace the whiney vocals with a direct, well enunciated, forceful-but-not-screaming voice. Punch up the rhythm section a bit, and lose the weight of trying to sound like something else, and you have [DARYL].

Make no mistake, there is still guitar on this record, and it's an integral part of the sound. It's sharp and fluid and in the forefront much of the time. Yeah! There is some synth on the record, in fact, in every song. Sometimes this may suggest space-rock, or a bad 80s kind sound, but that is simply not the case. The keys are used to create melody as much as mood. They become a necessary part of each song and can be both catchy and terrifying. The vocals are heard loud and true above it all.

There is something very real about this band's sound. It should be appreciated, and probably will be duplicated.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey

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