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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
»Deerhunter
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
Calla
Calla [Bonus Tracks]
Arena Rock Recording Co.

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
After blowing up with last year's terrific album Televise, Calla became the oddball genius child of the burgeoning New York rock scene. Distancing themselves from the dance-punk, electroclash and glitchtronica of the Rapture and Chromeo, Calla culled the ghosts of classic indie greats like Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine to create cinematic rockers that were simultaneously dense and sparse, with a reserved ambience that ran heavy on the atmosphere. To tide us over until their next proper full length the folks at Arena Rock have graced us with a reissue of Calla's eponymous 1999 debut, fleshing out the original nine song release with three live versions ("Elsewhere," Custom Car Crash" and Awake and Under").

Anyone who appreciates audio with a highly visual feel needs to pick up this beautiful experiment in sonic deconstructionism. Tracks like "Custom Car Crash" and "June" employ samples, heavily saturated bass and eclectic percussion to ornament a lush sonic landscape that gives listeners a pretty good idea of what it must sound like in the depths of The Matrix. The chill that Calla sends up and down the spine is absolutely numbing, the minimalist noise buzz and grinding amplification contrasting in a stark, surreal beauty. Calla is a trip down the road less traveled by, a foray into the alternate sounds of rock and roll music, a detailed map of the intricacies of amplification, noise, feedback and silcence. Take this disc on drives through the desert, underwater dives or disturbed acid trips and your senses will be saturated.

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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