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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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Eska
Invent the Fortune
Gringo Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Picture your favorite space-rock band losing a bit of melody, gaining a lot of efficacious force, and regressing in years to the age of seventeen. Retaining their musicianship but devolving back to the influences and ideologies of their youth, we find our heroes locked up in a basement somewhere sorting through dusty LPs of Sabbath, Drive Like Jehu, Don Caballero and Archers of Loaf. Unable to decide on anything that will satisfy all parties and cut the bickering, the lads elect to take up their instruments and pound out tracks of their own, and Eska is born.

Alternating between stormy, wailing guitar soaked in reverb and the gracious, sweeping power ballad made glorious by bands like Soundgarden (circa Superunknown), Eska put forth songs named "Blast Theory" and "Knives, Slowing", respectively. There are both a sense of the precision of Failure's razor-wire guitars and the sloppiness of Superchunk's drunken melodies tangled up in Invent the Fortune, but neither of them manage to out pace the other for supremacy. Ocasionally they mix in a most spectacular fashion on tracks such as "The Ghosts Invade", but other times they are balled up into a knot of post- everything that can't decide if it wants to be Helmet's "Unsung" or For Squirrels' "Mighty KC". Eska's personality disorder is definitely interesting but, like so many scatterbrain geeks dumped by the girl next door, they can be tiring with their indecision.

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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