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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
Nad Navillus
Show Your Face
Jagjaguwar Records

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October 1, 2004
The first time I came across Dan Sullivan performing as Nad Navillus was at a dark, smoky upstairs performance with Songs:Ohia at a dirty downtown bar earlier this year. While Sullivan has been recognizable (to most as the guitarist for Jason Molina's Songs:Ohia project) prior to the release of Show Your Face last year, his emergence with Nad Navillus is garnering Sullivan his own, distinct following with fans of Nick Drake, Calexico and Van Morrison.

Whether seeing Nad Navillus live with a pint of draft in your hand or listening to it at home with headphones, the influence of acoustic visionary John Fahey is immediately obvious. The clean tones of Sullivan's finger picking resonate deeply like the mid-career work of Fahey, cascading in sheets to establish swirling patters of notes that hold aloft the calm, understated singing style of Sullivan which is both musical and highly literary, fashioned in the style of a young James Taylor. Imagine if you will a wise, blue-collar Travis Morrison (of the Dismemberment Plan) striking out solo as a traditional folk and bluegrass inspired acoustic virtuoso and you might get an idea of how powerful yet understated Nad Navillus is.

Sullivan's recorded work under the Navillus flag has been documented in two albums, the first released on the Pro Shop label (which has also released Sullivan's work in A-Z Consolidated as well as a recent Cheer Accident album) in 1999 and the second on the Bloomington, Indiana, imprint Jagjaguwar in 2001. While his albums are accomplished, warm and engaging, it is Sullivan's live performance that has spread the Navillus name across the globe. As Nad Navillus, Sullivan has done solo tours in Europe (where I've come to realize that John Fahey is much more popular) and recorded for Holland's national radio program, VPRO. Interestingly, having just stumbled upon the inconspicuous project I find out about Navillus' forthcoming third full length, which was recorded in June at Electrical Audio Recording in Chicago and is as yet untitled but slated for an October 2002 release. A demo version of the track "Iron Night" can be downloaded from Navillus' website (www.nadnavillus.com) and foreshadows a bit of a progression in the Nad Navillus sound with emphasis on baritone guitar and percussion. As Sullivan puts it on the website, the new material is "a meditation on isolation".

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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