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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Capital Suite
Bekampa Tramset
Old Colony Recordings

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Listening to Bekampa Tramset I find myself amazed that I have yet to hear even the slightest mention of the Capital Suite anywhere. A very mature sound with a heavy feel for the white-bread indie rock that seems to have all but died off in this era of limitless genre divisions. Randomly dipping a toe in the pool of math rock, they occasionally impress like an innocent June of 44, but with a more straight forward line. The tuning of the guitars keeps me thinking of the Warmers. Excluding the vocals, some of the more mellow parts (as in "Globe") almost draw a line to something like Mogwai before eventually busting into tracks like "The Last Delivery," sounding an awful lot like something the Sky Corvair would have been able to accomplish with some maturity. There was a notion of Giant's Chair in there somewhere, too, and I could swear that some of the breakdowns were written by Roadside Monument.

I hear a lot of things in the Capital Suite that remind me of other great bands, most of which the Capital Suite likely have nothing to do with. There are elements here from across the board, making me think I've heard this before, but, because of its amalgamation, the finished product is something I can't quite pin down with a solid reference. If that isn't a good thing, I don't know what is. This record does get boring at times, as in "Moves vs Sound," but if you hold on long enough for the last track, "Wire Tap," you'll find yourself wanting to start all over again.

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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