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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Other Electricities

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

February 9, 2007
The understated lucence overtop the dark night sky on the cover of Jatun's self-titled album is the ideal visual representation for the thirteen tracks of sweeping electronica held within. For the most part, the mood is dark and brooding with a slightly stunning sonic brilliance shining through at the right times.

Individually comprised of Alan Grosvenor (guitar, keys, bass, loops) and Scott Worley (vocals, keys, guitar, laptop), Jatun is a high-tech duo who met in 2004 in Portland, Oregon. It wasn't long before they debuted with the recording "Ion Crush," which is remixed on this album to great effect. For Jatun, "Ion Crush" showed signs of things to come; the cut was selected to soundtrack a Nike SB promo for the Zoom Tre shoe, and Signal Snowboards also featured the song on their website.

Althought it has yet to be released, two more tracks have already been picked from the forthcoming album - namely lead track "Ghost and Grey" and "The Temptation of Joy" - both of which wil be used to score footage for skiing and snowboarding videos. The former is the first of a two-part track that leads the album with a slow, haunting build before finally giving way to Worley's vocal, barely discernable underneath the warming synth arrangements.

Unfortunately some tracks are forgettable throwaways that wind up getting lost in the shuffle amidst more formidable numbers. "Zombie Hotel" creates textures that could work if they were given latitude to move, but the track remains staid. "George" suffers the same restrained fate and ultimately seems like filler material.

Jatun, however, is not completely bankrupt and other tracks are certainly worth the effort. "Voila And The Case" impresses and moves the listener with its Euro-rock bridge. A few tracks later, "Young Crooks" is a piano-laden, dance-pop number without the pop. A minimal snare sample drives the song and it works brilliantly.

Jatun have clearly laid the groundwork for success, but the duo would do well to allow the lights to shine a bit brighter. Had tracks like "Zombie Hotel" been given a bit more room to breathe, Jatun could have gone the distance.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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