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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Ghost Orchids
The King Is Dead
PrinceHouse Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Growing up, my sister, three years older than me, really loved gothic and dancy music. Through her I was introduced to bands like KMFDM, Nitzer Ebb and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Bands that would put the black light on their otherwise night club-sounding dance tracks. As I grew up, I began searching out my own taste, finding punk rock more to my liking, but I always appreciated my sister's taste.

I think the Ghost Orchids must have known my sister.

Out of the San Francisco underground scene (like the Vanishing and Sunshine Blind), these gothic electroclashers have a huge reputation preceding them.

They recently opened for Interpol and caught they eye of many a fan, based partly on the live show they display. Ghost Orchids are not strictly an aural band, as one member focuses on the lighting and projections for the band. It is said that they incorporate elements of visual art, similar to that of early Cabaret Voltaire. Interesting...

I like to think of the sound on this CD as a 'Faint Rave' - that is to say, a dark gothic dance party - lots of techy noise surrounding gothic vocals and deep imagery. It certainly isn't everyone's cup o' tea. At times it's overdramatic. At others, too techno. These artists have many buckets of paint to toss at a canvas. When it sticks, the sound is really cool ("Keep Your Secrets", "Hurt You") when it doesn't; it's just a mess ("Love Inversions", "The King is Dead"). The messy songs have the feeling of an orphan looking for a home, lost in the big, scary city. Too much at once.

If you dig the Faint and FischerSpooner, or you like to listen to your Interpol LP on 33rpm, you'll dig these guys, much like my sister would if she hadn't gotten married and moved to Cumberland, Maryland.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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