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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
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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
Quix*o*tic
Mortal Mirror
Kill Rock Stars

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Billotte sisters form the core of Quix*o*tic with Christina the elder on guitar and Mira the younger on drums, supported by Mick Barr on the bass guitar. Despite the similarity in their voices, viscous and sweet like honey, the Billotte sisters wield their sirens in distinctly different ways. The tracks fronted by Christina veer more towards punk with soft glasses, proceeding in a simple and somewhat abrasive mechanical rhythm like a regiment of candy soldiers. Those lead by Mira are more introverted and haunting. The sisters alternate nearly song for song, their influences intersecting and creating a checkered total effect that mirrors the simple 4/4 time upheld throughout the album.

Such a description may sound ominously dreary and tiresome, but Quix*o*tic perform the songs in such a purposeful and direct manner that it works, creating a restrained and sparse environment in which the sisters' doleful tones are allowed to wander. There are the occasional instrumental forays that are good as interludes mixed in with the real sparklers, but the intermezzos fall a bit short as songs in themselves. The true gems on the album are those tracks sung by little sister Mira, especially "On my Own" and "The Breeze," two tracks on which Mira displays all the subtleties of Nico at her peak, though not atonal, with a voice that gets in under the radar and penetrates to the midbrain. Look for Mira to grab hold of a higher percentage of songs as the band progresses. She has talent and control, and an understanding that far surpasses what her youth would seem to allow. Mortal Mirror is a superbly kind and understated performance from a young band that hopefully will continue to improve on the format of American Gothic eeriness that they have created.

Reviewed by N.D. Burkey
A longtime infrequent contributor to LAS, Neil David Burkey is a painter, writer, sculptor and all-around artistic type. He currently lives in London, England, where he is, at long last, a legal resident.

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