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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
Monochrome
Ferro
Trans Solar Records

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October 1, 2004
Monochrome has always been an underrated band. They released their outstanding Laser in 1999 (they also released a 7" in 2001 on Dim Mak Records, which was subsequently really hard to find in Europe). The 6-piece German band comes back with a digipack entitled Ferro, a 7-song disc made of five brilliant "noise-pop" songs and two short but fine instrumental tracks. I would first remark the great artwork: cool & original design, including a transparent CD & a great inlay booklet.

The Stuttgart band could be "tagged" (at first sight) as a pop band: intertwining male-female voices, very clean sound... but their music is still encrusted with heart rendering guitars and elaborated drum beats. I found that this formula (simplicity vs. complexity) is what makes this band very attractive. "Flimmern" could be a perfect example of how to create a catchy melody & give it the perfect dose of distortion to finally get a "non-mainstream" song that also could be delighted by a wide audience. The rest of the tracks take the time to slow down and offer lush arrangements. There's often a guitar line loitering around for your greedy ears. The whole album provides staccato ragged riffs full of utter stark energy that confronts sweet vocals that could remind you of bands such as The Cardigans. This shows the varied influences that could be tasted through the EP. All these characteristics are precisely define by the band a their energetic live performances, full of dexterity & energy at equal doses.

Ferro is really enthralling and grows impressively on you. The two short instrumental tracks provide a break from the overall steady pace. If I had to find any disappointing facts it would undoubtedly be the paltry length of the disc: twenty minutes only.

This could be a good starting point for all of you that have yet to discover this great band.

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