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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Existing Bridges
Friction Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Four tracks, two artists, Bob Weston, and a whole lot of Devo records. That's what it takes to make the Existing Bridges EP. From the moment the music begins, we are whisked away by pogo stick to a world of silliness tempered by nightly Don Caballero shows. Shuttlecock creates the musical equivalent of a lawn dart: in some ways, it's a toy, and in others, it's a weapon. Either way, you must pay careful attention.

"Landmark" is a highly acrobatic track with enough clicks to make Michael Flatley fall on his behind in imitation. It then moves to a stingingly melodic guitar line and shifts in and out of chugging dynamics and thin vocals. Each track is unpredictably soft and sharp, laying clear points of interest like a path along the way.

"Analemma" begins as the most predictable track, in terms of the time signature gymnastics popularized by math rock. As two warbling throats warm over prickly beats and propulsive bass lines, the track brakes and accelerates post-rock at a whim.

Lastly, in "Sub20lbs.", a clanging bell introduces a great expanse of near-silence and the feel of threatening footsteps in a room where you thought you were alone. It ends in a simulated helicopter of guitar tapping, vying for escape. Of the four tracks presented, it is the least musical, but perhaps the most daring. Shuttlecock stands unafraid to play down the musical aspect of their project in search of art, and strap you in as it turns another sharp corner.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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