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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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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
»Deerhunter
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
Polliné
Parallel Canvas
Boxcar Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Parallel Canvas: the intentionally slow and torturous chain-driven rise to the top of the first drop on a sonic roller coaster, filling me with anticipation of release. This feeling prods and pokes at my brain throughout all six songs, as the tedious climb lasts for more than half an hour.

Resonating tonal architecture, interesting arrangements, and mesmerizing redundancy, make the listening remarkably easy. Sometimes monotonal, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes hypnotic, but never rising above a tempo that can only be described as medium. Polliné is practicing the art of restrain. Noise bleeds in at the tail end of lengthy, hushed segments and then sneaks away again, leaving behind a strand of intensity that stretches thin across the divides, but never breaks. As it stretches, it grows, and brings me to the edge of my seat, ready for the freefall. It never comes. The strand has now become a musical cable, extending beyond the end of the record and wrapping around to the beginning.

The title of the fourth song sums up the sound; "Pretty Fuzzy Tasty Hazy." First rate musicianship in an off-kilter shell. Guitars ride on a surface rippled by atypical drum beats and minimal, but effective basslines, comparable to something off of Fugazi's End Hits. The songs are peppered here and there with a kind of chantey vocal that flails in the crescendo. It leaves me peaceful and restless in the same instant. I'm still on the edge of my seat, but I'm strapped in for another ascent.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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