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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Cut-Out
Interlude with Fun Machine
Starlight Furniture Co.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Steve Fisk and Bob Beerman, of the outfit Pell Mell, have described this recent union as a batch of "minimal rhythm-box and warm organ instrumentals, with a deadpan Krautrock undercurrent." That being said, Interlude with Fun Machine functions as a color wheel, where opposing colors complement and build upon each other. Patterns, found sounds, and presets weave atop one another to present something wholly unique.

They further describe themselves as one part "kitschy lounge and soundtrack-ish music", one part "unadorned rhythm boxes, Wurlitzer frailty, and minimal electronic music," dropping names like French Paddleboat, Eno, Young Marble Giants, and Cabaret Voltaire. These affinities are apparent, though most of this instrumental release derives from an almost tribal sense of rhythm. As "At It Again" may signal the beginning of mating season, "The Power Brokers" could bring rain, and "Another Coat" might ward off great evil. Underneath each layer is a striking foundation of pounding undertow, creating urgency and coherence beneath the changing facades.

If you enjoy the works of Self and Aphex Twin, this should not be too far of a stretch; and if the thought of such pixel-friendly plaid rock frightens you, there is a great reward to branching out with the beautifully recognizable closer, "Fin", which masks the duo's audacity under dense, dreamlike netting. This is music for the observant crowd, not the casual listener; and as such assures its own intelligence, pattern after pattern.

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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