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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
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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
Faunts
Feel.Love.Thinking.Of.
Friendly Fire

Rating: 7.8/10 ?


November 19, 2008
The electronic pulse coursing through rock's skeletal frame is unwavering. As evidenced by the crush of blissed-out, laptop-reliant outfits like Animal Collective, MGMT, and their slew of imitators, the supply and demand for all sounds electro-infused grows ever-stronger. Canada's Faunts, formed and fronted by brothers Steven and Tim Batke, contribute said supply with their brand of airy vocals, busy synths, and muted percussion. Interestingly, the band isn't pigeonholed by their approach to music. Though the mathy loops and ethereal effects they favor are about as ubiquitous as say, musicians in Brooklyn, Faunts go further, capturing the zeitgeist of 80's new wave and giving it a gloss fit for 2009.



On the heels of 2008's Faunts Remixed, a collection of reworked tracks from earlier efforts Results and M4, comes their latest full-length, the oddly punctuated Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. Weaving dreamy shoegaze and driving dream-pop, the five-piece's product embodies ambience and propulsion. It is a thin line between "expansive" and "overly ambitious," and while Faunts covers a lot of territory, they consistently land on the fairer side.

A sizable portion of Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. borrows generously from new wave and seminal indie-rock conceived two decades ago. As exemplified by the album's eponymous track, "I Think I'll Start a Fire," et al., Faunts can make their sound translatable for today's audience. Likewise, the group can be accredited for their instrumental technicality and quirky, electronic accoutrements (which are not groundbreaking by any stretch but, satisfying just the same). Also getting the laptop treatment are the bustling "Das Malefitz" and the cybernated "Input."

And on the other end of the spectrum, breezy surf rock meets the even keel of vintage Morrissey on "It Hurts Me all the Time." The straightaway rock of "Out on a Limb," bearing a strong similitude to Death Cab for Cutie (think: "Why You'd Want To Live Here"), will have listeners wondering if Ben Gibbard has taken on another side project. Faunt's isn't exactly reinventing the wheel here but Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. certainly earns high marks for its sprawling appeal and apt resonance.

Reviewed by Lara Longo
Lara Longo is a writer and photographer from Brooklyn, NY. In 1989, Lara received her first CD player and album, Appetite for Destruction; ever since, music is something she has fawned over, hated on, and played loudly. Her work has also appeared in Relix and New York Cool. Lara’s interests include sharks, European television, and the Hammond B3 organ.

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