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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Pele
Realize It
Crouton Music

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
In the past three or four years, the instrumental outfit know as Pelé has become an interesting little footnote in the post Millions Now Living Will Never Die musical era. With bass, drums, and guitar being the main choice of weaponry (since ditching the keyboards heavily used on Teaching the History of Teaching Geography) Pelé check in with this nifty 2 song single of seemingly free-flowing progressive jazz-pop that makes use of gracefully played improvised drum tracks, marimba, piano, and acoustic instrumentation that could give the originators a run for their money.

The single begins with the 11-minute grandiose pop opus Realize It, with some truly magnificent bass and guitar interplay, courtesy of Chris Roesenu (who's spent time in bald Davey's side project Vermont, among others) and Paris, Texas/ex-Ezra Pound (how's that for indie rock history!) bassist Matt Tenneson. A very tactful piano line accents the melodic to and fro of the stringed instruments, as well as some interchanging acoustic and slide guitar pickings that give the song a charming texture.

Just when it seems as if Pelé has stacked their decks high on "Realize It, drummer Jon Mueller steps into the light, taking the song into a beat heavy and powerful direction. With what seems like 2 separate drum tracks (although I may be wrong… Mueller could be an octopus or something), the song breaks down to an outstanding marimba meets big beat rock-out that has hints of Tortoise at their best, and I mean that as a compliment.

The song fades into an intricately played outro, highly powered by acoustic guitar flourishes (which is a treat when listening to with headphones, as the left and right speakers alternate guitar lines) and the bouncing beauty of the marimba.

The B-side, "Gauzebloze," takes Pelé in a more Sea and Cake-esque direction, employing a strong bass line along side soothing acoustic guitar noodling. The marimba takes the lead at the beginning of the track, with light keyboard flirtations edging it on. The soothing continues, and pretty soon one could imagine that Pelé has given them a bit too much red wine, and lured them into a bubble bath of soapy sounds. The song never reaches a boiling point, and as quickly as it rises, it falls just the same. The song undoubtedly establishes a terrific 18-minute long atmosphere.

Pelé proves that mastering the art of crescendo, control, and release is the key in realizing the power of melody without saying a word. Pelé manage to keep things interesting, pushing standardized song structure to the wayside, in quite the same way that Godspeed You Black Emperor! has been known for. While GYBE has the ability to lure listeners in with a relaxed melody, then bang them over the head with power, Pelé takes an alternate route, enchanting and engaging at a constant level, always remaining energetic and creative.

Godspeed Pelé… Godspeed.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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