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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
Acetate Zero
Softcore Paradise
Drum Kid Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
So sad, so sweet, the record begins like a lamb. Hushed practically whispered female vocals begin to lull to sleep. "Contemplating the existence of leaves" evokes that hazy point between sleep and wake. The rest of the disc, although mostly instrumental, attempts more of the same. It's breathy, ethereal and restrained.

The instrumentation and genre is often eclectic. The opener features flute, and guitar, most tracks feature electronics and computer noodling, while some are more fuzzed out shoegazer cuts. Although there is a cross breeding of genre, the mood and tone of the album is cohesive as a somber, melancholy, and generally introspective record.

This takes cues from slowcore giants Low, and uses the building crescendos inherent in the music of Mogwai, and the general sparseness and organic simplicity of a band like Mm. Most often the music never really commands the listener's attention, and seems more apt to remain background music to some other activity.

However, the tracks that are strongest are those with a more in your face approach. "Leverkusen Version" a DJ remixed track features some creative cutting and a funky outlook that thankfully breaks from the quiet reflection of much of the disc. "Leverkusen Positive" again at the end of the disc is a great IDM influenced trance like song. It's a good background track for your hungover afternoons spent in a coffeehouse. The closer "Infra Blast" is the most forceful and aggressive. It features loud repetitive fuzzed out guitars that drone on easily reminiscent of Mogwai or Mono.

Overall, my reaction to this record was one of general indifference. The French group Acetate Zero clearly knows what it is doing, but unfortunately the result is not captivating enough to compel repeated listening. There are a few tracks that are fresh and exciting, but as a whole, this is too anonymous and complacent to be considered worthy of greatness.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Kln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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