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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Faraquet
The View From This Tower
Dischord Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Faraquet's first full length follows a split EP (with Akarso) and a few 7" singles that came out sporadically over the past year or two as the band was building a following and gigging with label-mates Fugazi in and around the DC/VA/Maryland area. The playing on this album shows the growth and effort that the band obviously experienced in that interim. From the very first track, "Cut Self Knot", their progressive, punk-infused, guitar-driven sound is fully arrived at, melody woven with dissonance, vocals deftly intertwined with the sounds of the rhythm section. Not only are they tight as fuck, but they incorporate orchestral strings, horns, and ballad vocals to contrast with the driving intensity of their trio when opened up full throttle. Recorded at Inner Ear Studios, the production is right on point, harmonics fully articulated and right where they should in the mix, drums big and loud but never distracting. On this one, as opposed to the EP, they easily avoid instrumental status, incorporating some vocals on almost every track. This decision pays off, since for many of the themes explored, the vocals and rhythm go hand in hand and add to the progressively sweeping, turn-on-a-dime element of their sound. Stand out cuts, (they're all good, though), include the "Fourth Introduction" and "The View From This Tower", which, 51 seconds in, transitions to a killer low-end bass line and then pulls back so guitarist/vocalist Devin Ocampo can begin crooning (yeah that's right), "When I leave here I'll be glad, much like the ones that drove me out...". Definitely one of the best of 2000.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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