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The Timeout Drawer
Alone EP
Consumers Label

Rating: 8/10 ?

March 30, 2006
This review has been a frustrating experience. Trying to summarize opinions regarding what is effectively a 99% instrumental album has been less than easy. I started and failed several times in the process of getting to this point, and what follows is essentially the carrion of those failures - a barebones review of an altogether great sounding disc from a band that wears their influences on their collective sleeve and whom I am looking forward to hearing more from.

The twinkling, fluttery intro to the Alone EP, "Man Must Breathe," is a gateway not dissimilar to recent Radiohead or Björk in its use of keyboards and wind instruments. As the song takes off it becomes clear that despite being a band intent on playing what should be formulaic "indie" instrumental rock, the Timeout Drawer has equally been influenced by DJ culture, Bernie Worrell's late 70s/early 80s work and the minimalism of Steve Reich. The rhythmic precision laid down on these five songs is absolutely vital to their success - to the point that each beat challenges the guitar for supremacy. The guitars on this disc are mostly used to create fuzzy layers of sonic soil for the drums and keyboards to take root in.

Another necessary notation with any Timeout Drawer analysis is that this band is very tight. There is no better song to illustrate The Timeout Drawer's seamlessness than the disc's only vocal track, "Come And Closer And You'll Feel My Claws," a song that keeps upping the sonic ante to the point that it practically begs someone to fold. The vocals, which are shouted in a Mike Patton-esque fashion rather than sung, are imbedded so deep into the mix that they become an angry, nonsensical rhythm fueling the conflagration of what is the EP's loudest and most aggressive track.

I am not sure how the band fares live in concert, but on these five songs they keep listeners' interest piqued.

Reviewed by Jon Burke
A contributing writer and a Chicago resident who will not be goaded by LAS’s editor into revealing any more details about his potentially sordid affairs.

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