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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
AGF/Vadislav Delay
Explode
AGF Producktion

Rating: 6/10 ?


April 7, 2005
On her lonesome, Antye Greie (AGF) is an artisan who manufactures crackling clicks and cuts that have all the unstable volatility of overloaded circuits; her limber quiver, a focal point, passes through an economy of words and strenuous repetition of phrase and line, altering dynamics and creating tiny variations in her lyrics.

The birthmark perched atop much of Vladislav Delay's works, meanwhile, is that of elongated dub bass lines and finely spun background overtones that scuttle about in surreptitious insect activity. With Explode, this pair merges for a moment and conceives a work that bears a paltry resemblance to anything raised by either in the past.

Explode dons heavy-set beats that saunter about with little heed for linear paths - their step slow, weary. Now and again, compositions - namely "Break Doors", "Recorded" and "Distributor - summon strength and surge into strides of bleached buzz low-grade noise and nimble electronic patterings that sound like thick rain-drops snapping at a metal awning. At such places, Explode reminds of a modern-day rendition of Portishead.

The album on a whole, what with its placid, reverb-soaked atmospheres brought to the fore by flitting beats and smears of high frequency noise, harkens back to trip-hop chapters and alters the plotline in an esoteric but engaging manner.

Antye's words are wrapped in a pondering spoken-voice that spills out as though these were stream-of-conscious commentaries on the banalities of contemporary life. She finds fine phrasings, as those noted in "Slow Living," where she murmurs, "I close my eyes with wings/I fill the emptiness with hope and stroke my own heart". More often than not, though, her insights branch out into trite ruminations: on "Useless", in a erudite quip, she stammers "I got really disgusted/by the music played in the shops/cheap style-less pop trash/I bought lipstick".

One wishes AGF might have found more novel dresses for her observations and, what's more, the album's progression might have undergone alterations along the way. Be that as it may, Explode - with its exemplary exhibition of everyday struggles with ennui - articulates endearing, relatable sentiments. Grab a spot of tea, an edition of Georg Buchner's Leonce and Lena, or Kundera's Identity and enjoy.

Reviewed by Max Schaefer
Nocturnal qualms and eyes that brim like lamps betoken slender sketches, poetry and short stories strewn alongside piano playing, a fiddling of knobs and murmured dialogue with a medley of electronic gizmo\'s. A twenty-one year old person lodged within the University of Victoria, Max harvests organic sounds on a sullen sampler, watching water unwind like two broad lengths of ribbon and nursing a book below the canopy of a cheery-tree. Max believes that the world is made present by people\'s presence in it and that art is one such way in which a distinctive disclosure might be crafted.

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