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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Woodson Lateral Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

March 17, 2005
Individuals that manage to expand beyond their comfort zone, longingly gazing just over the matted metal fence in their backyard, and finally have the courage to unlatch the gate and step away into another world have my endless respectů primarily because I'm a coward. Why leave your bread and butter when you might not like the taste of peanut butter and jelly?

Bookmobile is the continuing musical collaboration of Victor Couto and Ben Torrence, formerly of the post/experimental rock act Lamplighter (previously Recidivist). With origins in independent and punk rock, the duo entered the mechanized world of computers of which they have continually added more of into their musical endeavors, now relying solely on machines to create musical compositions.

Keys is a difficult disc to describe, primarily because it falls into the realm of ambient/intelligent dance music (IDM) - genres that often supplement the lack of an explanation as explanation, sort of like the dreaded "alternative" tag. Using layering, washes, glitch, clicks and noise, Bookmobile creates a landscape of ambience that dances between sparse and pleasant arrangements to choppy noise works, often mingling the two ideas.

On "Circuits and Clay," a heavy bass line gives way to clicks and scratches, as distant keyboard dissonance prefaces actual structure. "Track and Field," the very next track, compiles a variety of noises seemingly looped arbitrarily. On "01" and "Wilcaught," Bookmobile display an uppity side, with two tracks where urgency seems to play a role, where the track in-between, "Inyrwindow," creates a soundscape of tunneling noise, continually rising.

Keys, as a whole, could be the soundtrack to a computer's life, the tracks mirroring the moods of the CPU's beginning and end, as it makes its way through the haze and expanse to computer utopia. It's a decidedly synthetic journey, but gentle at times, and not altogether without merit.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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