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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
Zelienople
Pajama Avenue
Loose Thread Recordings

Rating: 8/10 ?


February 4, 2003
This is the first full length from Zelienople. Prior to this they released a track on one side of a 7inch single, the other side of which was occupied by Divot Records' artist Tekulvi. I never heard that one, but this record starts off slow and stays atmospheric, never building or creating too much tension, but consistently maintaining layer upon layer of lush, drum and bass backed dream music. Brushes tickle the Zildjan's, vocals resound from echo-laden frequencies, violins hush like a finger to closed lips, and the bass lines hang thick when not repeating. While not quite jazz, Pajama Avenue is slow, quiet drone sounds for Sunday afternoons or winter nights. But Zelienople are not orchestrating break-up music either; the downturn isn't a result of depression, or at least it doesn't seem so, the lyrics hint at none of that, but rather imply moods born of idle moments of introspection. Pick this one up and put it next to your Tara Jane O'Neil and Cat Power, right between the Mogwai and Slowdive.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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