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The Null Corporation
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4AD
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Film School
Alwaysnever EP
Amazing Grease Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Really, you only hurt the ones who love you. Film School, I'm looking at you. You broke my heart with this release. It's breathtaking, it's brilliant, and it's only four songs long. Four songs! How can you tease me like this? How can you let me get so wrapped up in your dynamics, swirling textures and obvious intelligence just to walk away so abruptly? You can't say this was never your intention.

The word "hypnotic" does not do justice to your sound masterpiece. You have a warmth and a solidity that can't be replaced by any tarty little dream pop band that comes along. You rise and swell in breathy perfection, and I'm left to think of how much I want you when in the silence, I know it's over.

"Ms. Connection" is what I imagined the Postal Service would be like before I actually heard it: DNTEL mixed with Death Cab for Cutie. Ominous, lovely, and wrapped in electronic buzzing. It is dark and tantalizing like so many Amon Tobin tracks, but given a whole new lease with whispered, haunting vocals. There is a reflection of pleading and misunderstanding, making an ultimate connection despite the alien atmospherics playing through.

"Activated" merges a more upbeat chord structure with patterns inspired by The Bends and heartily woven droning. It unfurls like a royally ethereal ball, where an impeccably dressed royal court glides atop the clouds. There is all the majesty and mystery of curious skies and human nature here. Captured is a bit of the known, and so much of the unknown.

"P.S." feels much like what I thought Scott Kannberg's label would, indeed, release- something more akin to Pavement: skewed, lazy, beating, and stained with mellow colors. This track could sidle up on a mix between "Here" and something on Wowee Zowee without missing a step.

Finally, "I Just Turned Into a Gas" is a drawn-out number suggestive of a sprawling Sonic Youth encore. It rolls with quiet madness just to let loose at its close with charged guitar lines and passionate exclamations. Just as the volume of emotion gets its most potent and heated, Film School storms out the door, leaving me in the quiet. The nerve. That's it. I'm breaking up with you.

But you know I'd take you back in a second.

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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