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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
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
65daysofstatic
One Time For All Time
Monotreme

Rating: 8/10 ?


February 20, 2007
From the opening sounds of a night sky on "Drove Through Ghosts to Get Here," the only easy prediction for 65daysofstatic is that they'll prove to be thoroughly captivating over the course of the next 37 minutes. With their moody take on math rock, the band strongly refuse any form or structure, yet are able to avoid succumbing to their own devices, somehow keeping the chaos in check.

A quartet from Sheffield, England, who debuted with 2004's The Fall of Math, 65daysofstatic promptly flashed their Squarepusher and Aphex Twin-influenced credentials and in short time had critics convinced they were listening to something special. Following up their debut in quick succession with Hole in 2005, One Time For All Time arrived late last year to find the industrial samples and odd syncopation of the band's early sound outfitted with a slightly larger "warehouse" feel.

The highlights? "Welcome to the Times" takes a predictable garage rock opening and twists it ever so slightly. "65 Doesn't Understand You" takes lo-fi punk production and ventures into the familiar territory of Aphex Twin. "The Big Afraid" is barely two minutes but is a needed light offering on an incredibly morose album.

Other tracks such as "Climbing on Roofs" and "Await Rescue" interrupt the album's flow, yet considering the running time is on the short side, perhaps that's purposeful. Either way, One Time never ceases to be interesting and occasionally finds itself stunning. Word on the street is that the band already has another album in the can for a 2007 release and, who knows - maybe the fourth time is the charm.

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

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