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The Invisible EP

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Built To Spill's Doug Martsch wanted to see movies of his dreams. I'll settle for the soundtrack to mine, but only if Invisible does the score. Comprised of breezy post-rock in the vein of The Sea And Cake and Tortoise, The Invisible's eponymous EP was created to accompany digital video pieces produced by the band. Invisible is planning to package the music and the movie in DVD form at a later date.

For now, forget the future video. The music alone is worth the price of admission to this show. The instrumental "Calia" opens the record with swooning violins that blanket delicate acoustic guitar textures and then give way to Mogwai-style electrical storms. Close your eyes while listening to "Shall The Content" and "Verdict Swings" and you'll be carried away on gentle, melodic trade winds to some tropical lagoon where you can swim with dolphins - if you're into that sort of thing - in shimmering pools of xylophone and cymbals. It's the musical equivalent of bubble bath. On "Verdict Swings" percussionist Delaney Kelly shines, snapping off crisp, quietly precise drum fills like Tortoise's John McEntire as violins roll in with the tides. Nowhere is the instrumentation more varied than in the unnamed fifth track, where twinkling bells, glockenspiel and violin join with spacey electronics to wander over beds of strummed acoustic guitar. You'll notice how much Invisible has in common with the Beta Band.

Other sounds, both organic and electronic, are interwoven throughout. Lapping waves, seagulls, squeaky hinges and banging shutters, and what seems to be the biting of an apple all vie for attention in the two-part closer "Faults By Which", the record's most cinematic track. "A Yellow Jacket" gurgles with watery electronica as Invisible's flirtation with computerized sound becomes more overt, almost drowning the subtle, refined guitar work of Chris Larson and Zach Okun.

Though often beautiful, soundtrack music rarely engages the senses. Invisible makes music that cannot be ignored. It's pregnant with unexpected sounds both elegant and lush. If you're planning on being stranded on a desert island, be sure to pack The Invisible EP along with all the other records you can't live without. With this disc along, you won't want to send a message in a bottle to anywhere.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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