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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
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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Kash
Open
Sick Room Records

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


September 12, 2005
Those crazy Italians with their NYC No Wave fixations… Perhaps that's a bit of a blanket statement, but it's safe to say there are at least a few bros from Turin who like the genre - as well as a heap of Sonic Youth, a little bit of Unwound and just a dash of Captain Beefheart. Do you have the stomach for such skronked-out meanderings and ejaculatory guitar riffing? Kash certainly does.

This Italian foursome mixes berating horns with polyrhythmic drumming, leftfield bass thwacking, atonal string plucking and vocals that alternate from screams to hushed wails to create a formula that's mostly their own, but borrows heavily from post-rock and no wave formulas. And it's good, mostly, although somewhat of an acquired aural taste.

Nevertheless, on their new release on Chicago's Sick Room records, over tracks like the hedonistic "Photograph" and the danceably driving ""37 Telephones on Fire," Kash postulates that music shouldn't exist within the verse-chorus-verse structure. At times it gets away from them, - the carnage and mayhem becomes just that - overpowering the point of the lack of structure… Which really is the point, dig?

And when their deconstruction flits deftly along without imploding, guitars and drums fit together like a firm handshake. Hints of electronics enter the mix on the aforementioned "Telephones," offering another interestingly discordant element into their sound design, and coming off this tune, "Porno Space" sparsely picks up with hesitantly strummed guitar notes and a distant clattering. It is feel good music for when you're feeling slightly out of sorts. Kash know what they want and they know how to get it, but sometimes they let it get a bit out of control: the cerebral overtakes the feeling. Still, it's better than the new Hillary Duff record.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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