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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
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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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Eltro
Velodrome
Absolutely Kosher Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Eltro push the clouds away to look down upon us as mere recipients of a sound that might go right over one's head if attention is not paid in full, and they are not afraid to get a little funky in so doing. With an inclination to things that smell soldered, and electronic as the name suggests, one can be thankful that there is enough life in this record to dismiss any question of digital monotony and the turmoil of robot livelihood.

A four-piece from Philadelphia, Eltro have definitely maintained an interesting dichotomy between the intricate rhythms and the dead space of foreshadowing guitars, keyboards, and equally distant vocals. The "Center" of Velodrome (which is appropriately placed as the symmetrical antithesis of the album) offers a methodical and meditative track that sort of bleeds into one's subconscious with a healthy reminder of balance. Bassist Diana Nicoletti (ne Prescott) sensually breaks down each track that she sings on, giving each a sense of importance in message that may have been otherwise overlooked if it were just another instrumental band utilizing some virgin tapes of a space echo. Jorge Sandriani and keyboardist Elmer Clayton resurrect a wall of sound that is only complemented by the droned vocals and hints of crescendo drums (Ted Johnson), but everything sounds as if it were extremely-well controlled chaos. Apparently there is an out spoken comparison between Eltro and the likes of Stereolab and Broadcast; and one can even go so far as to use this irrelevant comparison to explain a greater social propensity to think in these unworldly terms. More power to you types I suppose, but I sensed a more localized comparison in the land of milk and Hum, somewhere in the region known as You'd Prefer an Astronaut. Nevertheless, it is practically impossible for me to deny that this disc serves as "some vital function" to my daily routines, like the whitewashes of guitar that definitely will mesmerize you from the first track onward. I would not recommend Eltro for anyone with a history of motion sickness, nor would I recommend this as a remedy to a late night of drunken stupor, hence, Eltro will have you spinning.

Reviewed by June Woons


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