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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Receiver
Stunning Models on Display

Rating: 8/10 ?

April 19, 2007
What began as a solo project became a family effort. While away at school at Ohio State University, Casey Cooper completed work on a solo music thesis that impressed more than a few people and ultimately laid the groundwork for dealings with indie label Stunning Models on Display. Casey having promptly recruited older brother Jesse to chip in, the Cooper brothers dubbed themselves The Receiver and set to work making music.

What the Coopers came up with is the airy, electropop textures of Decades, an album which makes slight nods to Pablo Honey and also evokes comparisons to Air's Talkie Walkie. It's the piano-driven, layered sound combined with Casey's breathy vocal that develops the album into more of a mood or atmosphere than a sequence of centerpieces. Some tracks, like "Sober Hands" and "In Tunnels," stand out with their defined percussion and driving rhythms, but most of the songs simply flow into one another.

The languid, ethereal nature of a release like Decades is either an attraction or a repellant. For fans of vivid, atmospheric music, The Receiver makes a strong impression for such laid-back style.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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