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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]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Anubian Lights
Phantascope
Rhythmbank Entertainment

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


January 26, 2005
Studio 54, CBGBs…excess, fashion, debauchery, movement. The Anubian Lights sound substantially haute, like they should warrant a scene. Phantascope feels like it should define something

Here, you'll find the artfulness and mutated brainwaves of Can; you'll greet sly, tingling samples, ably selected; you'll note a solid, crucial No Wave girlie-sound, courtesy of living legend and Blood, Adele Bertei. Cobbled with class and classicism, the sound is infectious and eye-opening.

You could surely say that bands like !!! and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - and presumably other names in multiples of threes - are holding some of these same strands in the air. The Anubian Lights, however, doesn't give off any air of triteness or superficiality. They're bringing the dance-inspiring No Wave movement back to its experimental, malleable, exciting origins, and tangling those strands all together. It's a beautiful, neatly disheveled mess.

With the reactive sting of a slap in the face, "Wild Winter" crashes tin cans and crushes purple eyeshadow to a fresh New York beat, and rolls into "Bhajan," one of the most potent and seductive Can homages in ages. The luscious, vicious bite of "Andromeda Skin" draws blood in the name of passion, while "Thru the Fire" sends Lennox and Manson to a humid desert isle for some industrial sensitivity training.

"Black Line Station" and "Good Morning Spacegirl" are two sneaky, slippery halves of a go-go dancing whole, finding the disc's thematic heart and letting go of any last remaining inhibitions, and "Ultraviolet," while somewhat difficult to listen to, asserts the band's intelligence by being so cheaply sugary that it mocks the folk movement altogether, proving their point all the more. Their underlying soul, though this, simply sizzles as the band trades in a beaming smile for the glimmering crack of a smirk - barely visible, but more intoxicating and exotic in disguise. Never content to take the easy route, The Anubian Lights offer more than immediately meets the ear, and can make delighted suckers out of us all in the process.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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