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Music Reviews

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The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Halo Effect
Waves
Self-Released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Halo Effect is a four piece band, half hailing from Minnesota, the other half from New York. Their debut, Waves, is a seven song EP. They've been played a lot on the college radio circuit in the past few months and have been compared to both Radiohead and the Pixies, though personally I don't completely understand comparing Halo Effect with the former, at least no more than I do for any other album that claims to have a "melodic, yet edgy alternative sound" with "atmospheric soundscapes, pulsing rhythms, and effects driven guitars."

For the most part Halo Effect maintains quite a gloomy mood. The primary exceptions on Waves are "atmosphere" and "introvert." They're very emotional songs like the rest on the album, but in a much less lethargy inducing manner, much more guitar driven and including much fewer effects and atmospherics. The other five songs on the album are much more passive; in comparison, "atmosphere" and "introvert" seem almost near-violent. These nice changes of pace are well placed as the third and fifth songs on a seven song EP, breaking up what might otherwise bore some listeners. With these two important breaks, driving guitars and lots of effects, album totes the necessary amount of force.

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

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