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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
Great Lake Swimmers
Lost Channels
Weewerk

Rating: 8/10 ?


April 15, 2009
Progressing from a negligible tap on my windowpane, the gentle, yet consistent drip of a spring rain has developed into a steady downpour. So long as I stay dry inside, the constant dull thud of heavy drops on the roof is soothing and pleasant in the waning light of the day. The grey skies and lingering winter chill should have become oppressive with the recent changing of the season, but the damp murk outside is a good match for my weary mood.

Whereas past Great Lake Swimmer albums would have been a perfect accompaniment for this forlorn evening, Lost Channels is instead a nice remedy. Both lyrically and musically the mood is brighter. More upbeat and cheerful, the new songs sing the joys of life and revel in a state of happiness. Singer Tony Dekker's voice is still beautiful, but instead of lending a haunting mood to the music, he revels in, and adds to, the band's playful folk rock. Great Lake Swimmers have not cast aside their distinguishing sound, instead they've skewed it a little more toward the more upbeat tracks that were scattered throughout their previous efforts.

With albums like Bodies and Minds and Ongiara it was easy to find comfort and solace in Great Lake Swimmers' beautiful melancholy. Like a shoulder to rest a weary head on or a steaming cup of tea held between two palms, they could make bad times a little bit better. Lost Channels is still comforting, except now instead of misery finding company, Great Lake Swimmers have made an album that reaches down, and pulls you out of the darkness and into the light that was always there.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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