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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
The Marato
Dirty Stories
Blue Skies Turn Black Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Intertwining guitars- with the treble pumped way past 10- kick off the debut album of Montreal's The Marato. This type of post-punk combined with pop is always pleasing to the ear, especially when the high pitched shouted vocals are brought to the front of the mix in unison with the staccato drumming and bass sounds that never take a back seat. On songs like "You Like That" and "Worst Enemy," the better elements of Pretty Girls Make Graves and even Les Savy Fav are referenced along with the dissonance of older greats like Television. This blending of the old and new are what the Marato does best, even if they are named after a "promiscuous Great Dane," according to their press release. The name doesn't seem so bad if you don't know the origins and their music speaks for itself anyway.

Occasionally the guitars break down into small stutters and the sounds remain constant throughout Dirty Stories, generally going through several different territories: a bit of math-rock here, then maybe some prog-rock whirlwinds and finally punk rock for the new millennium. The synth sounds that surface every now and then never push the band into the now prevalent styles that Weezer has forced every band to attempt these days. They are always subtle and there for a reason. It would be interesting to see what the could accomplish if someone like Phil Ek was brought on to produce their album. The Marato don't necessarily seem poised for anything big but if they continue to do what they do, they will provide a bit of musical happiness to kids in small clubs.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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