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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Matador Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I have heard the name Cornelius thrown around for a while, mostly as a big time producer in a philanthropic kind of way. A few weeks ago I walked into a friend's apartment, where a hefty basket of grade A smoke was being passed around, chambered in a crude bong fashioned from an Orange Gatorade bottle. As I imbibed, the stereo suddenly made itself known, and I buckled in as the warm blanket of tetrahydrocannabinol covered my eyes. "What the hell is this?", I asked my homies. "It's that new Cornelius record", Derek replied. "Shit, this is pretty cool," I said. Derek responded in the affirmative, indicating that he agreed.

Before that moment, I think the only thing of Cornelius' that I'd heard before was "Magoo Opening", from Fantasma. That track had struck me immediately, which I came to realize was the point of Cornelius' work. To strike you. Never mind what it struck you as, that was perhaps inconsequential. But the fact that you had been struck, that was testament enough. That was Cornelius, or at least my previous impression of him.

Now my impression is entirely different, and almost from the first note. The clashing mixtures of organic and industrial sounds in the opening clip "Bug (Electric Last Minute)" warn of the new soundscape ahead, but in a way that is unintelligible until later on. Where things were wacky to the point of humor before, there are now what appear to be hooks lased into these organic tinged electrical indie rock fragments. The pressure has been let off, the needles are all dropping back from the redline, and there is an immaculate continuity to the whole thing. It's completely fluid, each of the tracks holding to a loose structure within itself, but each being interlaced with the others. I dare say that listening to this album out of sequence would be a dreaded mistake. The meat of "Another View" wouldn't appear as satisfying without the teaser in "Drop" preceding it. "Point of View Point" would simply not sit anywhere other than as the first act of the album, the tinges of the central elements flashed in teaser. Later on, each of the central elements goes on to participate, in varying degrees, to every song on the album. The crisp snare cracks and buzzing neo-metal guitar meet for a moment and then veer off. Computerized vocals, chirping birds, chimes and a load of electronics. They all come back over and over again, sometimes up front but much more often buried behind other sounds, like a shadow. The third track, "Smoke", is the fucking whip, no shitting. Gorgeous vocals over a twangy, somewhat angular riff and some jazzy percussion. It's simplistic and symphonic.

If you have a good set of headphones and some gear, you're set. Plug in. Light up. Smoke Down. Listen in sequence. Trip out like Aphex Twin and Bob Marley in a nature preserve.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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