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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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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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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Jumping Away From Something Exploding
Devil in the Woods

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I have heard the name of this band somewhere before but their actual sound has eluded me. The title track, by far the best on the album, opens things up right off with a very spaced-out sound that twists and turns and ebbs and flows for several minutes. If there is one band that is a sure-fire comparision I would have to say... Okay, take "Coney Island Cyclone"-era Mercury Rev, mix in just a pinch of Grand Royal-era Lucious Jackson style beats, add a lot of low end, and front it with female vocals. A ton of samples, loops, effects couple with the foreign sounds of farfisa and flut to compliment the bass, drums and sometimes guitar tracks.

After the nose-bleed inducing sound melee of the opener, "Turn it Around" brings thing back a notch with a more subtle approach (only about 10 distinct sounds buzzing around instead of 20) before the drum-n-bass sleepyness of "So Sentimental" paces the listener into a comfortable calm that continues through "Where the evening went." The reprise is short lived however, and before you can say "I want a date with a girl with a voice like that" three times fast "Missile Command" sends tiny blips of sound buzzing past your ears like so many frantic hornets.

The last four tracks are live recordings which serve to show that the band can achieve the same quality, polished sound on stage as they can in the studio, although I can only imagine the amount of equipment a live show entails.

Non-standard rock with a very lush, busy feel and sweet sweet sweet female vocals throughout, Shallow has a very hypnotizing sound that should sit well with anyone into anything between the realms of beat-rock and space-rock. Nice.

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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