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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Talkdemonic
Eyes At Half Mast
Arena Rock

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 7, 2008
Artists taking the kitchen sink approach to music usually find a way to make it backfire. Including layers of effects, samples, and loops may seem like a good on paper, but in practice they tend to play more like flocks of migrating birds attempting to navigate a hailstorm than aural art. In all but the most talented hands, the results always seem to sound bloated, pretentious, or overly complex. To their credit the Portland band Talkdemonic prove themselves surprisingly capable and able to throw quite a bit into a mix that bakes into an album full of poignant, sophisticated, instrumental songs.

Comprised of Kevin O'Connor and Lisa Molinaro - two multi-instrumentalists who also utilize recorded material - Talkdemonic blurs the line between a live band and a chatroom clique of laptop jockeys. Rather than letting the technology run amok and the music slide into sterility, the duo coax warmth out of their electronics, and in the process give birth to a more organic sound than is found in the work of many of their contemporaries. With their cuts compressed into shorter running times and increasing forays into structures bordering on classical, O'Connor and Molinaro carve out a niche for themselves on Eyes At Half Mast; powerful, yet not really bombastic, the band trades in a sustained sense of reverie rather than grandiose crescendos.

It's hard to believe that Eyes At Half Mast, the band's third album in as many years, is the product of just two people. A total of four hands doesn't seem like nearly enough to create the flowing and original compositions found on the album. Packed with emotion and feeling, in Eyes At Half Mast Talkdemonic have issued a powerful statement of beauty.

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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