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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
DMS
DMS
Arborvitae Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Oh great, more electronica! A couple of kids sitting in a room recording every three dissonant notes they come up with on the keyboard that mom and dad got them to the sound of some prerecorded drum beat. Just the kind of originality I want to listen to. That may have been a first thought but as you read the notes and find that almost all of the drum work is done on a real set and that some patches of the trumpet is a real trumpet. Once you have the opportunity to see the footage on this cd and find that it is indeed one single person programming the keyboards, playing the trumpet, and playing the drums live, then you know it's authentic, there is musicianship involved.

DMS is Steve Lamos on his day off and all to himself. He is known for work in bands such as the Firebird Band and American Football, and has fooled around with various other bands. In DMS he has all the control since there is no one to take it from him so his musical roots show through brightly. He thanks both Miles Davis for his jazz influence and Sly and the Family Stone for the funk in both drumming and trumpeting. There is some hint of rock in most of the beats, though expertly hidden, and Aphex Twin is to thank for a lot of the electronic inspiration.

Lamos is not a hard hitting drummer but keeps such a steady energetic beat that one could almost believe that the keyboards couldn't be so solid without him. There are six regular audio tracks, and a low-fi video of two songs being performed for the camera. "As In a Silent Way" begins and the trumpets come in you feel as though it is sunrise and you are being awoken gently and comfortably by a 21st century mechanized rooster. In "The Den of Metal Arts," Lamos playfully duels with his programmed drums. His starts and stops are clean as digital. In the very low-fi video you can see that he is so comfortable with these creations that he looks to be bored and so intimidated by the camera's eye baring him to anyone watching that he is forced to pretend to concentrate. This is one of the best mixtures of pure electronic and analog music I have ever heard.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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