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To Sing for Nights
Dim Mak Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The members of Kill Sadie, Minus the Bear, Botch, and Sharks Keep Moving will undoubtedly be known for their vast amounts of side-projects. Here, as Onalaska, they come together in fully-textured form to present us with their take on slightly dark, wholly mellow folklore; complete with southern twang and a sense of drama.

It is immediately evident that their accomplished musicianship carries over well to this new format, with the added depth of dirty fingernails plucking and voices that huskily long for nicotine. While the first track, "Blue Reno", brings a Beatle-esque pop structure in layers with the clean and bizarre production of The Mountain Goats' Tallahassee, a great deal of the album is spent in bleak-yet-jangly introspection.

"Airports", like many of the tracks included, challenges Will Oldham to let his sense of humor and accessibility shine through. Structures are simple, mixing country with easy pop and the classic folk tinges that continually carry bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival to a new and immortal fan base. Truly, this form of dense, wry harmony and acoustic wizardry captures the same irrefutable timelessness. To Sing for Nights could have been created by any of the folk-rock powers that be at any time, and would be a proud addition to their catalog.

Finally, the closing track, "Sailors Friend", shows the power that pure, downcast melancholy adds when the lighter themes are abandoned. Touching and simple, it is a lonely chantey set to a dolorous piano ballad; showing that at their most stripped down, when the laughter stops and the truth is admitted to, there is a bare heart that has driven their artistry all along.

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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