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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
C-Clamp
Longer Waves
Ohio Gold

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
All I can say is that it is about time C-Clamp come out of hiding and grace us with another album. (If you don't already have their first full-length Meander + Return you had best get down to the record store and buy it.) It has been three years since their debut - three very L O N G years in waiting. They have had their reasons though, freak carpentry accidents decomissioning drummer Frantz Etienne for half a year being one of them. Bassist Nick Macri's other bands (Heroic Doses, Weekend and Euphone) being another. But now they are back (minus Etienne who left the band just after recording) and that is all that matters.

I have heard people toss names like The Sea and Cake and Seam around when trying to put a finger on C-Clamp's sound but in all honesty anything else out there falls way short of the mark. Their first album could have been a midpoint on the train line from their buddies Dianogah to their buddies HUM, but with Longer Waves they dispel even that notion.

This time around there isn't nearly as much of the low end and distortion, allowing the amazing melodies (and even some vocal harmonies) to take center stage. Where Meander plowed you over with diffused guitar work Longer Waves lays back and catches you with hooks. There are some contradictions between the two albums that I am surprised to accept with open arms and embrace fully. Gone is the wide open feel and super-lush fuzz, replaced with an undeniable tension that riddles you like the anticipation of a first kiss from a new lover. A glacially slow burn of simply amazing stuff so thick with texture that it almost smothers you. Almost, but not quite.

I am still a sucker for that soupy guitar sound that Tom Fitzgerald wowed me with the first time and that might explain why "Minnesota" is my favorite track from this album.

Another thing I might note is that the opening track is 7 minutes and 41 seconds long, the shortest clocking in at three and a half minutes. If anything should stand as a testament to the amazing talent of these guys it is the fact that the can't just write a short rock song. They're too good for that.

One thing the two releases do have in common is the damn-near concrete imagery the atmosphere of each song creates, the music and perfectly placed vocals combining to paint a mental picture connecting the listener to the band.

It pleases me even more to know that songs are being written as you read this and a third full-length yet this year is a very real possibility. Watch out world, here they come.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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