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Channing Cope
Sugar In Our Blood
54' 40 or Fight!

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


July 28, 2005
Interpol urged us to turn on the bright lights, presumably to expose secrets and shameful indiscretions that shouldn't be kept under wraps. Keep them off for Channing Cope. In the same way a computer screen's harsh glow is softened by darkness, so too are the warm tones and gorgeous, multi-colored hues of Sugar In Our Blood, a six-song collection of atmospheric post-rock compositions that's as breathtaking as a city skyline at night.

What makes Channing Cope so special is how intuitive and fluid the trio's playing is, and how naturally cohesive they are as a unit. In terms of musical talent, each one of them is off the charts. Ali Deniz Ozkan plays bass with a smooth, even ebb and flow and drummer Chris Conner knows just when to push the pace and when to pull back. As a guitarist, Kenny Schulte makes single notes twinkle against the vast emptiness of the group's arrangements and melts chords to create a shimmering iridescence that emanates from your speakers.

At times, Channing Cope can be jazzy and sparse like Karate, especially on "Support the Mountain." Gently melodic, with subdued, amorphous movements, "Support the Mountain" has the feel of a quiet room filled with candlelight. The tempo shifts and rises with such subtlety you almost don't notice it - that is, until Schulte's guitar flashes crystalline colors that leave you spellbound. Even more hypnotic is the opener, "Blackbody Curves", which sees Schulte methodically creating rippling arpeggios that play off of slashing chord progressions, styled similarly to Jason Noble's recent work with The Shipping News.

Briskly paced and breezy after a slowly unfolding intro, "Parallex" takes on the mannerisms of The Sea And Cake's The Fawn - especially with Ozkan's flat vocals - and Conner's beats are crisp and clean like those of John McEntire. More urgent and cinematic is "Next Year", while "From Sky to Core" has the slow-burn of Slint and the intricacy of Mogwai, building to a stormy Explosions In The Sky-style climax.

Stunning in its complexity and rich in its texture, Sugar In Our Blood is just the beginning for Channing Cope. A follow-up is on its way, and if it's anything like this debut, Channing Cope is going to be talked about in the same breath as the groups they obviously emulate. It's about time the legends had some competition and Channing Cope is going to give it to them.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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