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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Fat Possum
Diastemata
Diastemata
We Love Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Despite the scrambled aesthetics of their self-titled debut EP, Diastemata isn't doing a bad job with their music at all. Singer Meade Krosby's voice is somewhat similar at times to a Sugarcubes-era Bjork at her mellowest or a subdued Liz Phair. Krosby's vocals float right over Patrick Mucklow's drumming and her own guitar work, but they still sound completely engrained within the orchestra at the same time such as on "Panoramic," the album's opener. Krosby's vocals are even more captivating on "Idiot Savants," when she sings in a sweeter, more sultry voice, providing a fine accompaniment to the simple, almost dainty guitar work.

Though Krosby's vocals are good, that isn't to say that they are the obvious standout, by any means. On "Deliverance," all aspects of Diastemata's sound (other than vocals) play at the forefront, Mucklow's drumming taking the lead at one point, followed by Krosby's picking another.

The combination of Meade Krosby's guitar work and vocals with Patrick Mocklow's drumming works really well, especially for a debut, when most bands are struggling just to define a sound. Judging from this EP, I'd be very willing to see what Diastemata has to offer in the future.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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