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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
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
Howard Hello
Don't Drink His Blood
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Howard Hello are a quirky project from Kenseth Thibideau (Pinback, Tarentel, Rumah Sakit) and Marty Anderson (Dilute). Their sophomore effort, out on the wonderful Temporary Residence label, is a swirling and surreal pop effort full of repeating guitar patterns and synth lines, with subtle vocals passing by underneath many of the tracks. Marty Anderson's eerie, high, pitch-shifter vocals appear throughout, last heard on the Lazarus album, Songs for an Unborn Sun, lending a slightly unsettling effect to an otherwise fairly sunny musical style. After the orchestral opener, "Intro" (duh), one of the album's best tracks slowly builds up. "Giving Up" starts out with a satisfying repeated guitar, bass, electronics, and keyboard pattern, slowly building towards something better. Both the pop mentality of Pinback and the math complexity of Tarentel are present here, a marriage that has no trouble working. When the vocals finally float up into the mix, courtesy of a female (either Chelsea Rose Owen or Patricia Kavanaugh, not sure who), the track continues on in a sunny swirl that recalls '80s synth-pop as much as it does post-rock. The record takes a slightly darker turn next, with the almost gothic synth song "And As Always, Night Turns Into Day," before the smile trajectory continues with "My Friend," where a descending, delayed guitar pattern sets the pace as vocals repeat "It's just too late." The rest of the record follows suit and contains nary a dull moment. Howard Hello have created something wholly original and bright on their second effort, no surprise considering the wealth of musical experience the two core members are drawing from.

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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