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In Other Fictions

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Argentine is like a quietly dignified President in the heat of a soon-historic speech. It is doubtless, as you witness his range of passion, that you will remember the sweeping gestures, the atypical force, and the steadfast strength that is only heightened by tension. Without even raising of his voice, he is pointed and powerful.

Through the eight songs of In Other Fictions, you will be moved. It is not often a band can translate the subtle and intricate feel of body language to a musical entity. It will sit sternly in contemplation, then stand sharply with authority, and with small movements, you can palpably feel the atmosphere shift.

The warm keys and shimmering drums of "Fresh Inventions" envelop the affair in ethereal smog, growing more strained and affecting as it drops to whispers. "Ender/Beginner" abruptly elevates its blood pressure, fully stirred to a reticent frenzy, enunciating intense comments under its breath. At the same time, the track is not afraid to harness its pop leanings, somewhere amid the dreamy echoes of Yo La Tengo.

On another bravely reserved, bright track, "Slumberslide," the band claps its way into a Radiohead-inspired sarcasm. It blurts lyrics over cinematic steadiness and fades into instrumental solitude, swallowed by strings and clinging guitars.

The unrelenting, stately mood of this LP remains its most impressive factor, but for differing reasons as it plays through. It has a presence, demands attention, yet never resorts to volume in its defense. It buzzes with a flurry of guitars and satisfying notions of rock, but does not succumb to outright noise at any point: it moves from the inside out.

As it melts into the unquestionable melancholy and guilt of "Checks and Balances," returning to a frightening level of emphatic silence, there remains a glimmer of hope and an outward force that never lashes out. In Other Fictions comes with a mighty recommendation; prepare to be overwrought, and thoroughly electrified, by the unassuming.

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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