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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
Little Joe Gould (Murder By Death)
Little Joe Gould

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Bloomington, Indiana's Little Joe Gould blends perfect quantities of melody and noise with a heaping dose of somber indie rock. The result is beautifully arranged, somewhat complex post-rock with a dark tone and an uncanny knack for the artistic. Melodies flitter about like butterflies, riding high atop a dense, yet nimble tapestry woven taught by the thick, strong strings of a bass and cello. While Sarah Balliet's preferred instrument of cello has certainly made its share of cameo appearances on studio albums over the past few years, she perfectly employs her often under-appreciated instrument as a permanent fixture in Murder By Death's compositions. Balliet's cello gives Little Joe Gould's sound a simple, straightforward depth that doesn't wash out when the studio tricks are left behind. With a solid backdrop of organic sound, vocalist Adam Turla paints dark, intense portraits with his moody Matt Pond-style vocals. Turla's contributions are the obvious focal point of the music- his voice charming and his guitar as effective cleanly plucked as it is fully distorted-but Little Joe Gould's force as a whole is not to be denied. Live, the band is completely engaging, from the beautiful, orchestrated song structures to the pyrotechnic drumming of Alex Schrodt. And when I say pyrotechnics, I'm not kidding- live shows feature a fog-belching skeleton head and a flaming drum kit. Not to be missed live, this band is pretty rock solid on the stereo as well. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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