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The Meeting Places
Find Yourself Along the Way
Words on Music Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The Meeting Places is a rock band that keeps up a muffled guitar buzz in the back; it sounds as if My Bloody Valentine is playing in a larger, swankier club next door and the Places have sighed, accepted it, and are just trying to incorporate the noise into their set.

The Places have a lot in common with fellow West Coasters Yume Bitsu and the key-bored French in M83. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of bands in indie rock bringing back dream pop, and it's such an appropriate name for the style.

There are few specifically memorable parts on Find Yourself Along the Way; the listener will not remember a "hook," per se. She may remember a blurred likeness of a hook, or the presence of a hook she didn't quite hear, or perhaps something she thought was a hook, but on closer inspection wasn't a hook at all. And this is appropriate because that is how things are perceived in dreams. In the waking world, hooks are an ordinary thing; in the dream world, the sleeper who finds them tries to string them together into some kind of coherent narrative. This effort usually fails, but makes for very pleasant music.

The texture here is enjoyable but the downside is very palatable, and the Meeting Places suffers from the pleasantness of it all. They're better at it than some of their peers; the Clientele's new record is far sleepier. And Find Yourself Along the Way does have several tracks, like the sparkling rhythm "On Our Own" the luminescent finish to "Same Lies As Yesterday" and the gentle undertow of "Turned Over" that wake up enough to peer groggily out the window. But too many of the other tracks on Find Yourself Along the Way knock the clock into the wastebasket and go back to sleep. It never veers toward nightmare territory, but it never shifts too far from a pleasant, pastoral ride; a nice enough dream, but not anything the listener is going to tell her coworkers about the next day.

Herein lies the danger indie rock now faces. The dream is as deep as hibernation, and for every Lightning Bolt there are a dozen Clue to Kalos, and at a time when some other genres are restlessly reforming themselves, indie rock seems more content to put Spooky in the CD changer and pull the covers over its head. It makes for some very nice music, and Find Yourself Along the Way is a very nice album; but I wish I had more confidence in Chase Harris when he gently sings "I'm wide awake."

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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