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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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Peace Harbor
Not Yet Fire
Film Guerrero

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Summer can be viewed as the perfect time for a person to cultivate two distinct mind-sets: that of serenity and that of euphoria. Both temperaments are related to the relaxation and warmth associated with summer climates. Euphoria, to this reviewer, is constantly pictured as fast-paced action seen in slow motion (think dancing in a steamy room to loud, incredible music with the bass turned up, la Kool Herc parties in the late 1970s in the Bronx, in slow motion). Serenity, on the other hand, is imagined by this reviewer as slow-paced movements made in complete tranquility, often outdoors (think sitting on a dock or in a park, listening to Lee "Scratch" Perry, eating Italian ices).

Now, after hearing the album from Peace Harbor, this reviewer has another image to add to her vision of summer serenity: listening to Not Yet Fire on the train home from work on a warm, rainy day. Zak Riles' gentle plucking of the strings of an acoustic guitar on "Train Song" is accompanied by a piano and barely noticeable drumming, rendering the song lullaby-like, cyclic and calming. A vibraphone somehow lends "Today I am Alone" a cinematic tone. The entire album features beautiful, layered sound that can send any listener into a semi-conscious daze, something that gives Not Yet Fire an almost psychedelic allure.

Too enthralling to be denigrated to the status of background music (though, admittedly, it wouldn't be difficult to fall asleep to the album, due to its somewhat repetitious nature, a factor exemplified in the aptly titled "Loop Song"), Peace Harbor' Not Yet Fire is a solid effort that could easily find its way to the soundtrack of a lazy listener's summer.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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