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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Magnetophone
I Guess Sometimes I Need to be Reminded of How Much You Love Me
4AD

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
What a wonderful thing to have all of the latest keyboard technology of the 1960's through the 1980's and effects pedals that may be made at home and to throw them together in such a way as to produce sounds, beats, and bleats that one can hardly bob ones head in time to, if one can find the time, without becoming dizzy or entranced (I don't know if they are the same thing or not), however, that is what the duo that is Magnetophone has done.

The songs are all far from straight pop and it is fun for some to dissect and find what sound could come from what natural source and how it has been twisted and manipulated wether with effects or in the original equipment. Other listeners may want to have it playing in the background of a party and not try to think about it just to fill the weird silence in their lives. Either way it is of interest and no consequence to note that all of the songs for this album were titled based more by guidance of a game of scrabble and an ouiijia board rather then the album's extensive lyrical content. The duo is actually quite crafty with words, this based solely on their press sheet which is written much in the style of a They Might Be Giants radio blurb, assuming they wrote it, otherwise they have some creative folks working for them.

This is the group's first release on 4AD after 3 previous ones on other labels. Being on the Beggar's Banquet mailing list, I have heard a lot about this release and have not been disappointed to actually hear it in the flesh. I prescribe it to anyone who likes…well, what else is there quite like it?

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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