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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
Shadowing Ghosts
Mental Monkey Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
It's winter-time. In light of the season, everyone makes a few changes in his or her lifestyle by wearing heavier clothing, eating more, sleeping longer (or at least wanting to), getting dry skin, and edging just a little bit closer towards being depressed and bipolar. The only solution I can ever really find to help ameliorate bleak and humdrum winters tends to be music that fits my mood, and Midstates' Shadowing Ghosts fits that mood wonderfully.

Shadowing Ghosts is the latest release from Chicago's Midstates, whom you might know from their former name of Novasonic Down Hyperspace, and it is comprised of fifteen momentous exploits in sound that borrow from different points on the musical spectrum from blues to shoegazer and back again. "Lost My Shadow" alone sounds like Spoon, Neil Young, and the Flaming Lips all at once, influences that lend sturdiness to Midstates' sound without dominating it. Elsewhere, their sound can be linked to that of Wilco ("Clear the Clouds") and even a more captivating Weezer ("Better Tomorrow"). Paul Heintz's vocals are irresolute but enduring as he spouts lyrics sure to strike a chord with any wintertime listener. Those on "Clear the Clouds" are a fine example. "I don't know the way home/ and the stars won't show me the way/ (Its so cloudy)."

It is difficult to find fault with Midstates' work on Shadowing Ghosts. Even with the potentially awkward addition of more voices for the chorus of "Independency," they manage to make it all sound gorgeous and enchanting. Well done all around.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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