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Point Line Plane
Smoke Signals
Skin Graft Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
There is something dark but fun in Point Line Plane's music. There is an element of corruption and/or surprise that reveals itself momentarily, throwing off those smug first impressions. With a combination of melody and noise (and success in keeping the noisy simple - rather than over-flooded with a lot of different sounds, tempo changes and instruments), Point Line Plane creates a nice tension between sounds/tones, which otherwise exist at odds.

With its swarthy, abstracted synths and new wave-inspired emoting of vocals, the album starts with the title track, which gets the ball rolling for the rest of the album. Point Line Plane has a tendency to use both rhythmic and vocal repetition and clamor, one manifesting itself into the other. Other tracks, "Adult Contempt" and "Descender," use this same formula to blend melody and chaos. Spooky new wave sounds mix with poppy drum beats, tainted by grinding synths in the former, are akin to the spastically tuneful latter.

Throughout the album, vocalist Joshua Blanchard delivers each song with that Jamie Stewart esque growl, which sounds very strained and wounded. Blanchard's voice is toned down by the music, so as not to push the melodramatic to the utmost point - that of ripping flesh and pulling hair. His adolescent-boy-yelping frequently turns into screams, adding earthiness to the manufactured noise dominated by drums, synthesizers, keyboard and electronics. His vocals are most effective on "B.U.G.S."; its subject creepily voyeuristic in the repetition of the line, "I've got your face on camera," and paired with downtrodden drumbeats.

The standout track on the album is "The Messenger." The sinister repetition of a line of subdued grunts matches the heavy eeriness of the music itself. The rhythm drives the vocals in this case, which are the focal point of the song. As the drums become more melodic, the intensity of the lyrics remains the same, creating an offbeat harmony between the two. Point Line Plane starts strong and finishes well, with a slow flooding instrumental that disintegrates into album's end.

Reviewed by Abbie Amadio
The last we heard Abbie Amadio, a former contributor to LAS, was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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