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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
Minus the Bear
Bands Like It When You Yell "YAR!" at Them
Suicide Squeeze Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Seattle's Minus the Bear have swept into my personal vision of indie rock as a favored obscurity - a delicious little secret that I can't wait to spill, a secret that has left a telling smirk on my face.

This five-song teaser includes two tracks from their upcoming full-length, and it makes me cling to the hope that I won't have to keep quiet much longer. The opening track, "Spritz!!! Spritz!!!" gives a great indication of the band's fulfilling obsession with texture and danceability; and as such, they would doubtlessly receive a warm welcome to crash on the couches of Pele or Dianogah. It is evident what the band is trying to accomplish under the guise of impressionism: to show us that they have taken great precision to line up the dots.

The electronic reliance of this EP functions as a pulse to layers of warm, non-threatening vocals, so that neither element gets in the way of the finished product. Ultimately impressive, it showcases perfectly-placed crescendos, interesting and structured noodlings, clever production techniques, and undeniably catchy choruses. Just as you think you've found the climactic point of each song, it will continue to evolve and intensify, then melt seamlessly, making the most out of the REPEAT ALL button on my stereo.

This is why math rock is named so aptly, in that it shows that there is complex thought behind the formula -- every finger-tapped detail herein serves as a reminder.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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