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Hypatia Lake
...And We Shall Call Him Joseph
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Rating: 6.5/10 ?


April 12, 2006
Before popping in Hypatia Lake's ...And We Shall Call Him Joseph, be certain you're in the mood to absorb some music. Dense cacophonies of sound pair with a near-indiscernible late 90s alt-rock bent; Joseph haunts and destroys, more concerned with crushing instrumentation than catchy hooks.

I feel as though I should type the words PINK FLOYD and CONCEPT ALBUM in big, bold letters just to draw attention to the two factions most prominent in the band's identity. Lest I sound bitter, Joseph is better than that pale description would normally suggest. It is an album for active listening, for taking in. While a quiet eye of the storm passes through the disc's center ("The Paradigm of the Introvert" and "During Dinner at the Imitation Canals...") with disconcerting stillness, the rest of the album is deconstructionist, vaguely shoegazer rock consumed with din and mission.

While it's not an album you'll likely pop in as often as the lighter or more accessible fare (M83, Black Heart Procession, Mercury Rev), it's commendable and hits all its predefined marks. Joseph is a valiant effort in expansive storytelling from a relatively unknown source. Its concept - intent on destroying a candy factory deemed the root of a town's evil - is driving but never in the way.

Cryptic, experimental and melodic on its own terms, ...And We Shall Call Him Joseph shows Hypatia Lake's creativity, but also feels like a pencil sketch in light of season veterans' studied inks. The canvas is sprawling, but the work is unfinished. While the band is obviously passionate, the album seems, at times, to struggle in conveying this feeling with a singular voice. Listening on headphones establishes greater connection and purpose, but Hypatia Lake still has a small way to go toward transcendence and due notoriety. Given their progress and ambition, it shouldn't be long.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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