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Up Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This album, by being so easily accepted as ambient life sound, something nice to listen to and simply float away on, put itself in a position of being hard to review. When something is as neutral as this, as non-engaging yet entirely consumable as possible, one finds themselves not wanting to review it all but, rather, to simply take it in, enjoy it, then file it away for certain days. Snow days, beach days, drug days. Definately drug days.

But reviewing records is my duty and so I must proceed to analyze, tweak, categorify and label Duster's second full length for Seattle's Up Records, along the way making up words like categorify. In the short haul, Duster could be rashly slid into pens with the likes of maybe Death Cab For Cutie, but more appropriately alongside the likes of a more electronic Built to Spill type project, a minimalist electro-fuzz ensemble creating a warm, swarming neo-space buzzing that can hypnotize you like a meteor shower on acid. I mean, if you were on acid, not the meteor shower because, like, how would you know if the meteors were on acid?

There are twelve tracks here, ending up rather lengthy for this type of a project but never becoming boring, even when a bit redundant. Oddly, some of the more touching tracks are the shorter ones, especially the brisk quip of "Me and the Birds." Forty minutes of languid coffee-shop type stuff that puts me right back in Seattle, where I want to be any way, and where Duster is relocating. Honestly, this sounds every bit like the Pacific Northwest and nothing at all like San Francisco. If I had to guess I would have maybe picked San Diego as an outside shot, but not the Golden Gate city. Definitely fitting for the upscale DotCommers at the base of Rainier.

Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock proclaimed this album to be "something else" and, while I wouldn't quite go that far, I would have to agree that it is pretty darn good.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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