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Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Drive 'Til Morning
Drive 'Til Morning
Deep Elm Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
From the producers of Yuck, Fourth Grade Nothing, and Pop Unknown comes the new adventure, Drive 'Til Morning. While they are unlike anything I've heard (especially on Deep Elm), random thoughts of The Prom, Mates of State, Varnaline, and Starflyer 59 float through my brain; but more in feel than style.

Much of the music is dependent on a core of melodic electronics that sometimes drown out layers of violin, viola, and pedal steel. While this creates an unbalanced synthesis in some respects, it does account for a pleasant, country-inspired sound, and overpowers the somewhat painful vocals that often sound like Francis Garcia is swallowing his own tongue.

"By Scenic Highway" is a twangy ditty that shows the flipside of the shiny beats, stripping away the electronic layers to show those hidden acoustics and a rustic flair. In contrast, it feels like it doesn't belong on the same record, sounding more at home in the Red Thread catalog, but lays to rest questions of the band's underlying sound beneath the buzzing and bleeping.

"The Pipebombs Bursting in Air" attempts to reach a middle ground between the traditional and the synthetic, showing its organic underbelly between bursts of an intermittent keyboard tune, but falls to a trudging pace and exaggerated, plaintive vocals. There is proof in both their fitting and lacking tracks that they need to pick one side or the other and vary the pace, rather than varying stylistically and rambling along. A fast-paced song would breathe more life into the disc, as it falls into a lull at its midsection, allowing the focus and drive of the album to fade away.

"Minutes Turn to Miles" is perhaps the track most successful at hitting the mark; vocally unassuming, highly textured, and beautifully clipped. The track stands on its own through a sheer sense of purpose and heartfelt sensitivity, skipping the bright keyboards altogether. In all, if the band chooses to follow the road of grainy, acoustic country rock, they could do so successfully as long as they are willing to give up the benefits of the modest for the greater profit of calling attention to themselves and their proficient craft.

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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