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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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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
This is the Process of a Still Life
Light
Firefly Sessions Recordings

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 28, 2005
Never having been there, I can only imagine a trip through Montana to be awe-inspiring. Nature so pristine makes returning to the city seem unimaginable - I long for a place still untouched by the corrosive affects of the rise of mankind, with great open spaces and a deep blue sky that stretches forever. This Is A Process Of A Still Life - a band that hails from Missoula, Montana - have taken these breathtaking surroundings and re-created them as music.

Light is full of instrumental splendor and ambient texture. Not as heavy on the jaw-dropping crescendos as some of their contemporaries, This Is A Process Of A Still Life instead focus on sustaining an airy mood and intricate sound throughout the album's nine songs. Like all good instrumental music, these songs work at drawing out emotion - swelling the heart at one moment, only to provide the soundtrack for deep introspection the next. The majority of the album finds the band contemplating a somber mood, owing perhaps to the feeling of isolation that living in such an untouched area can cause.

In a genre that has seen increased popularity lately, This Is A Process Of A Still Life have made an album that wears its influences on its sleeve yet still manages to craft its own style. For a category of music that increasingly finds bands sacrificing originality by competing to be the most grandiose and bombastic, This Is A Process Of A Still Life have created their own formula that is as expansive and beautiful as their home state.

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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