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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
404 Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Inlantic have always been a sort of mystery to me. I'd heard the name plenty of times around central Illinois, but I had never seen them play and never heard any of their music. Actually, for the longest time I thought their name was "Inatlantic" because I had seen it advertised as such, but it turns out that was a type-o. It turns out that Inlantic are Steve and Aaron from Supporting Actress with a keyboard player in place of the bass.

But back to Inlantic. A little blurb on the 404 webpage said something about comparing them to Trans Am, which I can see, but to tell you the truth I think they sound a heck of a lot like Supporting Actress, minus bass guitar, plus a keyboard. Keyboards, unconventional, non-rock guitars and percussion, really something a bit different than the rehashed indie rock routine. That fact in itself scores some points with me, and Inlantic's music only serves to raise the tally. I said they sound like Supporting Actress, but that isn't really true either because the direction is totally different. You can tell it is the same people though.

There is definately some musicianship here, which I really appreciate, but the recording suffers from the same hollow sound that the Supporting Actress CD did. It seems to me that every band with a focus on musicianship ends up with the same kind of hollow, noodle-esque sound on the record. Like it was recorded inside a Folger's can or something. Some people, including myself, are able to look past that as simply a consequence of the music and realize that the songs are intelligent and well arranged. But the average listener (not to imply that I am above average, mind you) tends to get hung up on the coffee-shop sound and doesn't really see much else, which is why records like these don't usually sell very much. Even the late, great 5ive Style had this sort of problem when they tried to transfer such a great live experience to tape. Inlantic are good, there is no doubt about that, and hard work and mileage will likely see them doing great things, but I just wish more of these instrumental type bands would move me to ROCK rather than to snap my fingers and tap my foot.

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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