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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Roots of Orchis
Some Things Plural
Slowdance Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I'm sure that it is still fashionable to loathe bands who prescribe to a certain audio aesthetic, but I've also come to realize that some people just can't handle not being the only one who knows about Tortoise. It's the difference between envy and jealousy, you could say.

The Roots of Orchis may take a deliberate approach to their chilled-out post-rock that belies their Californian roots, but they're representing their own language when they speak. The improvement that was unfolding on their recent self-titled EP is demonstrated on Some Things Plural in luxurious fashion, and it's pretty entrancing. The mesmerizing foundation of the rhythm section is piled high with jazzy orchestrations, both deliberate and subtle as well as organic and electronic. Some Things Plural finishes just how it begins, strong and infectious. Roots of Orchis do stumble a bit when they try overly hard to make an artistic statement, such as the squawking horns on "The Calm Within the Storm," which is rather unfortunate. The tide is turned back in the right direction with the following "Halfway to a Handshake," which rambles on for a while before being closed out with a smooth scratch on the turntables. "39 Years, 4 Months Ago Today" starts off with some experimenting and then latches on to a mellow groove and flitters around for a while awash in textures, eventually leading right into the mouth of the dub-laced "Logjammin". Can you really beat a song as bad ass as the seven and a half minuter with the name "Logjammin"? I think not. I've got to tell you, sitting back in the office chair late at night with the soft polystyrene cocoon of the headphones cradling your world, this is the jam. The Jam. Tres bien in my audifonos estereo, and I'm not kidding. Subtle scratching again and the ever present slow groove. Most of the tracks on Some Things Plural are long- 4 of them more than six and a half minutes- and each one of them takes its time spelling things out but always manages to rock it out in a deliberate but unrushed manner.

I really think that Roots of Orchis are right on the threshold of tearing indie rock a new one, but before they come out swinging they need to develop the one thing they lack - an identifiable element that will make them easy to single out from the crowd. Some Things Plural is a clear cut above the rest, but it does still blend into the sea sometimes.

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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