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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Antarcticans
Teach Children: Fear All Teachings Of Eternity, the doom of Self & Nature
New Black Music

Rating: 8/10 ?


January 8, 2007
Early January, the limbs of bare trees twist and curl like gnarled fingers towards an unforgiving, blue sky. Steam escapes in shorten gasps from between frozen lips. The frigid weather leaves exposed skin raw and red and everything numb. Appropriately enough, The Antarcticans music is cold, reticent, and eerie, leaving the listener disorientated, but excited by the enigmatic experience they have just had.

Not once straightforward, the music propels itself onward, careening in feedbacked gales and unexpected twangs until it cuts off seconds before reaching a precipice. Later, it meanders through echoes and space, taking its time in sterile discordance. Without vocals, the music is less structured and freer to explore weird avenues.

Teach Children: Fear All Teachings Of Eternity, the doom of Self & Nature exists in an alien land, unfamiliar and strange. Like their peers, Antarcticans deal in crescendos and mood, but do not rely as heavily on bombast. Like a blanketing squall or the brutal cold it is a force of nature.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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