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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
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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
Postal Blue
International Breeze
Shelflife Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004

These are dark and cold times. The sun sets earlier, the days are becoming shorter and frigid. People always seem more serious in the winter. The looks on the faces of strangers, in the streets and on the trains, are harder, tighter.

Not to mention the political climate - our friends and neighbors and coworkers have become bitter, suspicious of one another. Our tempers are short and we're all wound very tightly, seemingly ready to erupt at even the slightest provocation.

…Which makes this the perfect time to look for an escape. Given everything going on, I know I'm not alone in wanting to go someplace where life moves at a slower pace, where one can languish in a comfortable lounge chair on a beach, under an umbrella, sip on a cool mojito and not particularly care what time it is or what day it is. International Breeze, by Brazilian pop group Postal Blue, captures this essence perfectly.

This is the sound of leisure. These songs are beautiful, moving along at a pace that suggests that no one is in a particular hurry to get anywhere - which is perfectly fine with everyone involved. People are perfectly content to just hang out and enjoy the warm days and pleasant company. There is no stress here, no tension. The TV is off, the phones are unplugged, there are no computers anywhere nearby. You can just listen, relax, smile and unburden your soul.

Okay, so I need a vacation. So do many of us, I'd bet. Unfortunately, we probably lack the time and the money to take a good one any time soon. So, in lieu of actual travel, you can kick your shoes off, pour yourself a sweet, stiff rum drink, put International Breeze on the stereo and let yourself pretend you're somewhere as mellow and as lovely as the sounds coming out of your speakers.

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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