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Dallas Orbiter
Magnesium Fireflies
Princess Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


June 23, 2005
Magnesium Fireflies weighs in with a mere 8 songs, which apparently precludes it from official "album" status. But at the same time I would doubt that 8 songs qualifies it for the status of an EP. Regardless, it's track listing landed it in the mailer stuffed with short players to be reviewed for my seminal column, EPmd, which is the final chance for any CD or vinyl single or EP to see a review before being permanently dispatched. Given the caliber of this release, I felt it was my civic duty to give it a proper write up so that you, dear reader, might be better informed to make your own decision as to whether or not it is an album.

Dallas Orbiter play extremely tuneful, clever pop songs that are only really in danger of criticism through their striking similarity to the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. Although lyrics like "arise, magnesium fireflies" and "synapses are just molecules kissing" certainly sound like they could have been swiped from the Wayne Coyne songbook, it would be unfair to dismiss the band as pale imitators, and they do jump off on some more pure-psych directions over the course of Magnesium Fireflies. The weirder instrumental excursions are more distinctive but are also the slightly less successful; but if the band can combine those two strengths they could move toward the lofty heights of the groups with which they are surely sick of being compared.

For more information, check out the band's website at www.dallasorbiter.com.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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