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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
Skin Graft Records

Rating: 3/10 ?

January 23, 2005
Cryptooology is the musical equivalent of spraying cockroaches with a flamethrower. They're going to scatter and scurry, their flaming pitter patter, their screeching - and how they bound off the walls while they suffer and burst. Yowie consists of three gents, at least I think they're men... the drummer goes by "Defenestrator", so it's anyone's guess as to what he/she is thinking, although it sounds so George W., it's hard not to like. Regardless, Yowie is two guitars and a drummer, no vocals. It's also musical nonsense - the scribbling on the wall in some coastal Spanish prison in the 1700s, incomprehensible and induced by madness.

Over seven tracks, all named after women, and all names that begin with the letter "T" (like "Trina" and "Toni"), Yowie churns out music that seems void of structure and talent. As one guitar line jabberwockies furiously, the other meanders slowly in the background until they intertwine in frenzy; the drums all the while, quickly trying and keep pace with both.

The press release claims that Yowie is a math rock band, incorporating "many variations in time signature, tempo, and tuning." If that sounds impressive, imagine Primus and a hippie jam rock band camping together in the woods, hopped up on the cola, too wired to speak, so they just play their instruments as hard and as fast as they can. Imagine quivering guitars, whining and panicked like a calf separated from its mother. The spastic interchanges, the manic percussion - it's a difficult listen.

This is an album whose followers will accuse many of not understanding - of simply lacking the musical knowledge or mental fortitude to grasp. For us dissenters, it's simply a collage of noise. I can appreciate their effort and energy, but sometimes, every now and again, I want my musical experience to be intelligent and enjoyable… not to mention listenable.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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