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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Roots of Orchis
The Red House In Winter
Slowdance Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Roots of Orchis really know how to get off on the wrong foot with a fellow, illustrated on the opening track, "Harbor," an annoying four minutes of tinny guitar noodling. This kind of artsy Dave Mathews meets Sam Prekop kind of thing may work in certain song arrangements, but definitely not as the opener to the album.

As easily as nerves are frazzled by track one, they are ebbed into solid relaxation with "Accompanied by Fever," a chef salad of distorted radio samples, synth, lazy bass lines and tight drumming akin to that of Steve Lamos' work in American Football.

Other tracks, such as "Sunlight Stupor" - which finally begins to wind down just past the six minute mark - and "The Wheelchair Incident," there shines through a definite jazz influence which you may recognize as footnotes similar to those of bands such as Euphone. "The Wheelchair Incident" also showcases the Roots of Orchis' ability to break down a song mid point, throw in some obscure latin-related, samba-style beats just long enough to raise an eyebrow, and then strip back down and promptly suit back up with their jazz and pop agenda.

Roots of Orchis are definitely not a surprise amongst the burgeoning numbers of instrumental bands these days, but they combine aesthetics of everyone from Dianogah to Trizteza along the way, making for eight songs that will be hard to trade off at the hip indie record store downtown.

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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