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Out of the Shadow
Sub Pop Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Somewhere in the 1.03 square miles of Wolcottville, Indiana, within the population of 933, you will find my grandmother. At four in the morning, she is always cooking, filling the house with comforting smells. Throughout the day, she hums bits of Elvis under her breath and lets the sounds of "Our House" rotate out of her oversized, decaying speakers. I have many memories of her musical inclinations - at the piano, murmuring on the porch swing, casting a melodious "hello" across the street - and of course, hearing her music fills me with a great love, knowing that we found a common language to hold on to in life.

Out of the Shadow is an album that oozes the same gentle, everyday, heart-affirming love as, say, Déjà Vu or Turn! Turn! Turn! - and, in fact, sounds a lot like both. Its sweetness is so genuine, its intentions so humble, it fills you with a certain kind of joy.

Mixing the pop flourishes of Of Montreal with the down-home folk sensibilities of classic artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, Zach Rogue has a seemingly tenuous grasp on his object of affection, if only to safeguard from taking her for granted. Out of the Shadow is not so much a sound as a sentiment, and deeming its tendencies "Love Rock" couldn't be more fitting.

While "Every Moment" opens with a stinging intensity akin to Elliott Smiths' edgiest moments, "Kicking the Heart Out" is deep in thoughtful doldrums, and "Postage Stamp World" seems sick with hopelessness, Out of the Shadow never loses its delicate beauty - a lightness as thin and exquisite as tissue around a gift. Matters are not heavy as much as they are worried or introspective, and a bird is always chirping somewhere around the corner.

Case in point: the fantastic, rollicking "Sewn Up," which chirps away to its own accord. Add to this the urgency and terse demeanor of "Endless Shovel," which both expresses and suppresses an angry sort of energy. Also take in the glorious minor-chord harmonies of "Falcon Settles Me," which roll in on themselves in mellow, sighing reassurance.

"Pleasant" may be the best description of these sounds, and here, you have an album that is pleasant at all ends of the spectrum - perfect for lo-fi connoisseurs, diligent popsters and adorable grandmothers to gather and share the love.

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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