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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
Hint Hint
Young Days
Suicide Squeeze Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
As a city, Chicago has a lot to offer. The public transit system is simple enough for children to use and can get you to your destination (or at least close to it) 85% of the time. The summers bring hundreds of festivals. From the large Taste of Chicago to the more neighborhood-oriented Summer on Southport, it seems every weekend from June to August brings another festival somewhere around you.

In the winter, Chicago's bad side comes out. The bitter cold and wet snow try their darnedest to keep you inside. You reluctantly leave your home and tell yourself you will not stay in the city for another winter. You make a vow to remember how terrible it is to walk through the snow to a crowded El train, stacked with wet, miserable people. You tell yourself you will move in the spring and save yourself from dealing with the pain of winter.

Spring finally arrives and you seem to forget the painful winter. The city begins to breathe comfortable air again and the smile finds its way back to your face. The terrible winter makes the other eight months of the year that much more sweet; it lets you forget the pact that you made with yourself a few months prior.

From the warmer, wetter climate of Seattle comes Hint Hint with their first LP on Suicide Squeeze Records. After their EP, Sex Is Everything, the band gives gothic undertones to lo-fi sounding, almost garage music. This full length takes those properties and expands on them while polishing the product to a unique finish.

The sounds of We Ragazzi, The Rapture and Smashing Pumpkins can be found in this album. A seeping darkness and lingering evil override their sound, causing the listener to feel a little unsafe while swaying to the catchy riffs. It's a dark, autumnal storm in the city, causing the listener to duck for cover and forget their destination for the time being.

Much like Tony Rolando, Peter Quirk walks the line between interesting and annoying with a very nasal, somewhat droning voice. It does, however, add to the unique, gothic sounds made with solid musicianship brought forth by the rest of the band.

"Long Branch, New Jersey" is a song that sounds like it can be found in a futuristic David Lynch movie. The quick drumming and eerie keyboard sounds bring visions of haunted woodland areas and evil little people. The creepy vocals tell a story of a cold Eastern winter shared between lovers, soon to be ex-lovers.

The LP's title track has a Trail Of Dead feel to it, but is altered as if the Texas rock was replaced by Radiohead's atmospheric keyboard sounds; it is a clashing of worlds with beautifully unique results.

It's not a coincidence that one of the most enjoyable tracks on the album is the short instrumental track, "The City in Fast Forward." For a two minute instrumental, it packs a punch and knocks you out in a floating, Big Lebowski sort of way.

Hint Hint brings many different elements into this album, allowing the listener to forgive the overly dark lyrics and far-too-nasal vocal strains when listening to the complex drumming and keyboard sounds. I look forward to seeing what they do next.

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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