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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
Capitol K
Island Row
XL Recordings/Beggars Group

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The "self-confessed hyperactive dyslexic" Kristian Craig Robinson, or Capitol K, as he is called, has put out his second full-length (if you don't include his self-released "debut" on Elf Cut Records), Island Row, with the venerable XL Recording outfit (home to Badly Drawn Boy, Avalanches, et cetera). Island Row features the same psychedelic electronic pop as Sounds of the Empire, but this time they are presented in a fashion Robinson describes as "more focused."

Focused sounds like a relatively good word to use for the change, as the vocals are better and guitar is used to give it more of an indie-rock feel. Capital K's music is really an indie-rock lover's approach to electronica, as much influenced by Sonic Youth and Fugazi as with the 13th Floor Elevators, Fischerspooner and Ground Zero.

Robinson made great use of limited resources on Island Row, utilizing only a sampler, a mixing desk, a delay box, a Dictaphone (Capitol K's best friend?), an Atari02600 and that Sonic Youth/Fugazi tinged guitar to make a truly solid pop record with a worldly feel, probably a result of his past homes, which include Malta, Dubai, Borneo, and London. Songs are often inspired by one place in particular, like the beaches of Bruneir on "Breakers," or London's 2-step pirate stations in "Capitol Beat Sticky."

All in all, the indie-rock/electronic pop feel that Capital K produces with Island Row is refreshing, a good album from an eccentric man.

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

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