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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
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
Paint By Numbers
Hefty Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Straight off I'd say that this album is a subtly inventive, minimal, yet solid sophomore recording, but I'm a big fan of this mathrock trio out of Chicago, so I could be biased here. If you've never heard anything by Ilium before, I'd suggest their first recording, the Plexiglass Cube EP, as a proper introduction. Paint By Number (6 songs, 18:52 minutes) picks up where the first one left off, with shifting rhythmic passages and urgently repetitive melodies rising amidst the framework of lofty and dreamy percussion Some bands out of the Windy city are criticized for derivative and uninventive interpretations of what's called the "Chicago sound", but Ilium seem to strike the perfect balance between minimalism and the chemistry of the instrumental band setting. Atmospheric and spacey, these songs get almost prog-rockish at moments but maintain an emotive expressiveness that roots them down and hints at harder currents just beneath the surface. As for comparisons, I'd be wrong if said that Ilium didn't sound a little bit like some other bands, the most obvious similarities being with Rodan, Dianogah, Shipping News, and possibly Faraquet. That having been said, I'd also state for the record that these guys have their own style down. They have a really fresh, crisp sound, with scintillating guitar work out front supported by thick, serene, low-end bass playing, active drum work , and lush production that brings all these sounds together.

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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