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Music Reviews

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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
The Rum Diary
A Key to Slow Time
Springman Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The Rum Diary kick off their new EP, A Key to Slow Time, with a downright upbeat, jolly, and instrumentally proficient piece that would make itself comfortable on an old Kind of Like Spitting recording. Almost deceptively titled "The Day Dale Earnheart Died", it is a childlike, whimsical romp complete with the ultra-catchy (and happily morbid) wish list chorus, "I want a race car." The remainder of the EP delivers on such sly, edgy promises, mixing cleverly pulled punches with all-out instrumental brawls.

The production is clever, rivaling Pinback in feel and momentum, and showing much promise for this relatively new outfit. And if that weren't enough, they prove in tracks like "Sathergate" that they can crash in with powerfully aggressive post-rock to rival contemporaries Rumah Sakit, while keeping their eyes to the skies of Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor!. Even without vocals, they mesh blatant noise with harmonic tones for a product ripe with energy.

When vocals are employed, they yearn strongly throughout the competent and driving rhythms of their dual percussion. They build with urgently repetitive guitar lines balanced with a great use of alternately quiet and loud dynamics to keep the element of surprise on their side.

A Key to Slow Time closes with the brilliant "Bright After Rain", which is sadly hopeful in the same vein as the beloved American Football albums, with spectacularly shifting time signatures. However, the remaining stretches of the EP fade into incoherent shouting, which takes away somewhat from the engaging experience to that point. Still, as the five tracks come to a close, there is a near-rabid need for more material, and a lack of patience that will surely keep the EP spinning until the next release barrels through.

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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