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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
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
Good Arrows
Thrill Jockey

Rating: 8/10 ?

September 11, 2007
Tunng came to my attention while talking to Chris, an interesting English chap over beers at a bar in Transylvania. Smart and articulate, he loved Bob Dylan, did not know who Modest Mouse was but brought up Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes, Mark Kozelek's album of Modest Mouse covers, and was very enthusiastic about Tunng. In one of those funny cases of coincidence, not long after emailing him to find out the name of that band he really liked, a review copy of Good Arrows floated into my hands.

One of Good Arrows' hallmarks is that it remains stylistically consistent throughout, even when exploring different emotions and tempos. Songs such as "Arms" are intricate and tender, while standout cut "Bullets" is one of the most catchy, toe tap-inducing songs to be heard this year. To follow it up, in keeping with Tunng's experimental nature, "Soup" becomes unhinged, employing a harsh, trashcan lid breakbeat over a fairy tale chime. In certain instances the electronic aspects can become more prominent, but the band is careful to never let them overwhelm the music's warmth.

Had Good Arrows been released a year ago, it would have had the misfortune of being lumped in with the ill-advised, if-it-doesn't-fit-anything-else-and-has-laptops-and-banjos-file-it-here folktronica genre. Luckily, that momentarily hip nomenclature has more or less been retired, leaving Tunng free of the generalizations that would have marginalized their unique music. Good Arrows tempers its communal, folky feel with tasteful and restrained use of samples and loops, resulting in an inviting environment that feels soothing and organic.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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