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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Lemonade
Lemonade
True Panther

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 6, 2008
After toiling for three years in the bowels of the San Francisco music scene, playing everywhere from warehouses to World Music nights, Bay Area trio Lemonade have proffered their eponymous debut. Dry name aside, the band has crafted a substantial effort that could reinvigorate holdovers from the Hacienda days, intrigue modern laptop jocks, and touch an international audience altogether.

Lemonade is a sweaty, nostalgic effort from the get-go with "Big Weekend," a track that recalls the raving heyday of the legendary, aforementioned Hacienda. Driven by a swift, muted straight-beat, the track is quickly enveloped by a truckload's worth of percussion, synth blares exhumed from hardcore techno past, and Callan Clendenin's über-manipulated vocals. The aptly titled "Blissout," on the other hand, is an old-school, acid-house freakout that changes up halfway into a rapturous jungle tune layered with shimmering major chord keys and Clendenin's lethargic voice.

As the energizing openers conjure up images of nights spent dancing to everyone from Happy Mondays to Orbital, the dream is quickly spoiled by "Realslime," an askew dance ditty that's a bit industrial and, well, a bit too cartoony. Like The Faint minus any sense of direction, the track's dark bleeps, drips, whirs and laughably aggressive vocals create the lone somewhat insufferable moment on the record.

Give Lemonade credit, though, for quickly recovering with "Nasifon," an epic jam that's obviously informed by percussionist Alex Pasternak's training in Arabic music. Clendenin here turns into a mystic, chanting and wailing in tongues as Middle Eastern music and minimal techno collide with brilliant results. The exotic indulgence continues on "Sunchips," an odd yet irresistible tune that's neither dub nor dancehall or electro, yet could easily conform to any one at any given moment. But Lemonade wouldn't make it that easy. Instead, the band drifts into an experimental zone that's prolonged by "Unreal," a hallucinatory freeform session held together by deep bass, constantly shuffling drums, hi-hat drubbing and most significantly, Clendenin's subterranean blues howls.

The path that Lemonade's created on their debut, which veers from histrionic dance to mystifying sound sculptures, isn't without its stumbles, yet it is always absorbing. With a group of notable hometown allies that range from Kid606 to Tussle, the boys can consider themselves in good standing.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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