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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
Halcyon Shell
Rotation of Water
Maenad Projections

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Crafted with bass, drums, guitar, vocals and a heavy reliance on moody and atmospheric sound effects, Halcyon Shell's full-length release, Rotation of Water, creeps up on you with lots of slow, repetitive, but decidedly expressive, and at times witty melodies. I'd say that this release reminds me of a cleaner, less chaotic Dirty Three or Low, without the frenzied musical scrambling and dissonance, and with fairly run-off-the-mill lyrics ("time doesn't wait for you, we wandered for miles"....."just an anchor dropped in the sand , just a leash around your neck"..."just like a june bug in flight, blinded we go toward the light"....).

The lyrics are their biggest downfall though, and the vocals are soft-spoken, most of the time present just under the surface of the music almost, so they fast fade in and fall into the back ground, which is cool because some of the changes on these tunes sweep you up and carry you along awhile, bass subtly holding the melody down on every track, and guitars and drums rising and falling every so often, with reverb delay and rim shots punctuating the air. Lots of minor key noodlings on this recording, but the arrangements are progressive, so rather than simply a melancholy sort of vibe, there's more than that going on, rather, a real moody presence with musical elements that sort of outline a down feeling and then work a bit and lift you right out of it. And that can be a welcome thing if you're in the right mood to begin with.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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