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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
In Defense of the Inexperienced
Montesano Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Out of the ashes of what was once Seattle's Engine Kid, comes a band intent on showing the world that quality indie/art rock doesn't have to come from Chicago - and they're doing a damn good job of it with their five-song EP, In Defense of the Inexperienced.

Five songs, five masterpieces of early REM-tinted pop with a jagged but fuzzy edge. Five individual events, teaming with mood and emotion. If this music were a picture, it would likely be of a smiling, but teary-eyed child standing in the rubble of a war-torn city. Feelings of loss and isolation bubble on the surface but evaporate and leave with the message that everything will be all right.

Soothing guitars wrestle with distorted ones. Solid drumming lays a foundation for a smooth and delicate, but edgy bassline. The vocals are honest and heartfelt, not to mention beautiful, their delivery bringing to mind a softer side of Cursive. The Chicagoland Indie pop/rock sound has been spreading and it's found a loving home in the hands of Fairgrove. For similar interests, try the band Polline.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey

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