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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
Euphone
Calendar of Unlucky Days
Jade Tree

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you've been out of the hipster circle, Euphone is the dynamic drum and bass duo of Ryan Rapsys and Nick Macri, both of whom play in Heroic Doses. That's right, they're on Sup Pop and Jade Tree. You KNOW these guys are down.

I so much wanted to like the Breaking Parole EP when it came out a while back but to be honest, I didn't. It was just too - I dunno - noodly for me. Every time I listened to it I felt like I should be in some dark college dorm room taking hits from a huge glass bong.

Everything I didn't like about the previous Hefty EP seems to be non-existant on "Calendar..." and right off I knew I was going to have to give Euphone a clean slate. On the EP there seemed to be no sense of traditional song structure anywhere, Rapsys relying instead on finding a musical expression and, more often than not, running it into the ground. This time around there seems to be some coherance in most all of the songs. The turn around can likely be attributed to the full-time addition of Macri, who's thick string prowess could have finally focused Rapsys drumming.

Don't get me wrong, there is no way this record is straight away in any form, there is just a feeling of a lot more control this time around. Sometimes LAS writer Kait remarked that "Bought then Sold," the opening track, felt like "a carnival. An outerspace carnival." Songs like "Fallout" and "Needle and Crate" are wound tight with rhythm and let loose by winding guitars and electronic sounds. Right when the rhythm starts to get unbearable a song like "Wickedness" comes riding along with a load of new-wave style melody to freshen things up a bit. The sleepy "Playboy" rounds out the record in a lackluster way that, for some reason, leaves you thinking you must have missed something somewhere and forces you to hit the PLAY button one more time.

Euphone get a big thumbs up on this one. There is that obvious "Chicago" feel to it that turns quite a few people off but I guess they really can't help where they come from. I don't think anyone dogged out Boys Life for sounding like Kansas City...

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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