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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
Saso
Big Group Hug
Melted Snow Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The mysterious Irish iceberg band is back, and this time they unravel ten tracks for us in just under three quarters of an hour. Bless them.

Although they don't offer up much more in the way of information with this album, remaining a mysterious, solo- collaborative musical partnership. Saso do, fortunately, offer up another beautiful set of arrangements in a long player format. This album seems perfect now, in the odd days between late summer and full autumn, as the trees take leave of their foliage for rest. But I can imagine parts of this record ("lazy bones", in particular) accompanying a spring flood, a backdrop to an icy winter driving scene in Affliction, or a summer boat trip just as well.

The third track, "Bird Brain" eventually speeds up enough that you almost expect the lingering, silent vocal ghost to realize itself. Constantly building to what we surmise will be a blazing climax, the track ultimately fails to blow us out with reverb, as the Ghost and Vodka style cut is what I was expecting, and simply drops off and ends.

So there I was, sitting there wavering in the soft notes that open "Dripfeed", lamenting the loss of "Bird Brain", when a voice appears. After a lush, foggy intro, Jim Lawler's voice slips out, riding on a soft piano medley. I can hardly understand what he says, and before I can begin to decipher it, the track is over.

The piano twinkles back in shortly, but the voice remains transient, hovering out of range, appearing but never engaging much for the rest of the album. There is a vocal similarity to Sigur Ros in the seductive "Somebody", in that I can't really understand what is being said, but it still very much speaking to me. It becomes more clear in "My Brain Hurts" but it never really spells anything out. The music becomes increasingly playful as the tracks pass, and at times there is a very Stars of the Lid thing going on.

Although I can't really say that this sound is totally original (there is that whole Bedhead, Mogwai, Temporary Residence angle on it), I can say this is just another great, great record from an interesting origin that I will enjoy listening to whenever the mood - any mood - strikes me.

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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