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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
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Monster Movie / Dreamend
Monster Movie / Dreamend
Graveface Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Before Monster Movie's debut 5-song EP came out, most people had given up on Christian Savill. While the rest of his former band mates from Slowdive were working on other projects (like the successful Mojave 3) few people actually knew what had come of poor Christian. With the EP and the ensuing full-length Last Night Something Happened, it was clear his quiet years were spent well, probably spent even better than those of his former band mates. His coupling with Sean Hewson to form Monster Movie was a wonderful success. Monster Movie's reputation for gorgeous pop melodies amidst a wash of atmospherics ensued, and is perpetuated with their newest release, a split EP with Ohio's Dreamend.

Monster Movie contributes the split's first two tracks, "Beautiful Artic Star" and "Nobody Sees." "Nobody Sees" sounds like the Flaming Lips covering a Neil Young song with the help of a harmonica and a piano. The effect is chilling in its beauty; Where "Beautiful Artic Star" uses repetition and incredible atmospherics to draw the listener in, "Nobody Sees" is surely the stunner of the entire split.

This is not to say Dreamend doesn't live up to its end of the bargain, following Monster Movie's stellar contribution. I'd never heard of Dreamend prior to this release, but its sound exposes the same kind of innocence and beauty captured by bands like Monster Movie and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Dreamend has its roots more in guitar and bass, whereas Monster Movie emphasizes the piano and atmospherics, and Dreamend's contribution is also completely instrumental, making for a good amount of diversity between these two dream-pop bands, the perfect distribution of variety and thematic similarity for the split.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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