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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
Food
Last Supper
Rune Grammofon Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


February 17, 2005
Da Vinci's painting, christened "The Last Supper," acutely depicts a dire moment in the Christian doctrine of salvation. With the passing of seasons, however, it has suffered many a touch up, such that some have come to consider the work "repainted" rather than "restored".

Akin in development is a most recent effort from Food, which, while holding true to their past affinity for harmonic and melodic avant-jazz - as well as open ended textures with no chordal center - repaints over this canvas with Stronen's wise hearted and imaginative choice of brush strokes, the breathy, idiosyncratic playing of Henriksen's trumpet and the lyrical outbursts from the soprano sax of Ballamy. These disparate elements are adeptly interwoven by the soft, almost cottony electronics which branch out from each, smoothing the edges of such sounds to emit plumes of enchanting aural atmospheres.

"Exeter Opening" at once plunges one into a poignant display of Stronen's fractured, loose manner with rhythm, in the tradition of European improvising drummers in Paul Lytton and Paul Lovens. Stronen weaves an intricate web of sparse cymbal crashes and snare rattles, forging a rhythmic foundation around which Henriksen's trumpet softly cries, mimicking a Japanese shakuhachi flute in its plaintiveness, and with the wafting electronic threads twist together, tug apart, unravel, knot and gnarl, like multiple radio signals bleeding together on a long drive at dusk.

An alteration from Veggie, the group's previous, much lauded creation, which appears most noticeable is the stark atmosphere implemented in the album's opening four pieces. Here, Henriksen's hand acts as a waterwheel, drawing slowly churning motifs from his instrument, as electronics form oscillating, thinly saturated drones.

Amidst such a foreboding disquiet, a prayerlike incantatory feel is developed in the plodding, dirge, "Christcookies," wherein a sullen piano treads alongside a murmuring array of trumpets. The appropriately titled "Junkfood" then subverts all of that which came before; as though hastening through country flower-beds, an abundance of scents are swiftly offered to the senses. One finds an animated pot and pan clatter, nimble trumpet and heavyset electronics performing something of a torrid waltz, with a bashful bystander nevertheless lending support by shouting "Yeah, go!" every now and again.

"Daddycation", which initially was found in Rune Grammofon's Money Will Ruin Everything anniversary effort, with its plush trumpet melodies attaining European hues, resembles Henriksen's solo work in Chiaroscuro. Nevertheless, Henriksen's tender trumpet stands in a state of tension with Ballamy's sax, each instrument cueing the action of the other in an ongoing project, which speaks to the groups sense of economy and invention.

Indeed, the near symbiotic relationship between Henriksen's trumpet to Ballamy's sax affords these proceedings interlaced harmonies and pieces which, though rife with a mirthful spontaneity, are adorned by alluring shapes, form and substance. As the title implies, this effort may well see the present members part in divided directions. For all that, this final touchup allows attentive listeners the opportunity to revel in a free play of imagination and understanding.

Reviewed by Max Schaefer
Nocturnal qualms and eyes that brim like lamps betoken slender sketches, poetry and short stories strewn alongside piano playing, a fiddling of knobs and murmured dialogue with a medley of electronic gizmo\'s. A twenty-one year old person lodged within the University of Victoria, Max harvests organic sounds on a sullen sampler, watching water unwind like two broad lengths of ribbon and nursing a book below the canopy of a cheery-tree. Max believes that the world is made present by people\'s presence in it and that art is one such way in which a distinctive disclosure might be crafted.

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