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National Skyline
Exit Now
File 13 Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I find it rather odd that National Skyline would immediately jump from the Parasol house-label Hidden Agenda to the Philadelphia based compact indie File 13. Although the Parasol labels are notorious for lackluster promotion and tour support, the move to File-13 is by no means an upward one, especially when considering that the established space-wave outfit Antarctica already resides there and will undoubtedly overshadow the now three-piece National Skyline. Perhaps even more odd is the fact that the two bands plan to split and album and tour together in the new year. Maybe they know something I don't.

What I do know is that this 4-song EP comes surprisingly quick on the heels of their self-titled debut and is characteristically short, adding three new songs and a remake track to their song list. The opening track, "October" (oddly spelled with a 'C' rather than the 'K' that the band usually uses) continues the spacey vibe that their self-titled EP left us floating on last year. Huge, psychadelic vocals kaleidoscoping over synth drone, brushed drums and twinkling bells and chimes. The percussion peppering this track is the key element to its airy feel and shimmering groove, creating an ambiance that allows the piece to come together fluidly, the listener riding high on pop fumes. As the second track opens up however, I am obligated to play the role of Rip-off Cop and bust these narcotic popsters - the central guitar sounds on the second track - ironically entitled "Identity Crisis" - are a near carbon copy of the noodling that winds through the Lassie Foundation's "Come On, Let Your Lime Light Shine," a track that is five times better than the air-puffed drooling here, bringing the album to a midpoint slump that is in no way helped by the slow burning, My Bloody Valentine turn of events in "Ghosts" which, despite being a great song doesn't do enough to offset the previous number. "Karolina II" closes out this EP with a roar of neo-space zooming and thumping, completely offsetting any damage that had been done to National Skyline's reputation over the past twenty minutes.

The elements of true brilliance are always woven throughout National Skyline's material, and three of these four tracks are no exception to that rule.

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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