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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
Hybrid
Disappear Here
Distinctive

Rating: 7.3/10 ?


April 5, 2010
The two elements that have defined Hybrid's music since they unleashed their sublime 1999 debut Wide Angle remain: thunderous breaks and orchestral sweeps fit for a film's most dramatic moments. Though the blueprint has remained intact (save for an increased vocal presence throughout later albums like Morning Sci-Fi and I Choose Noise), Mike Truman and Chris Healings have continued to defy the now-prehistoric idea that electronic artists are nothing but studio rats who push buttons onstage and aren't "real musicians."
Nay, the Welsh natives' sensibilities are a tad different than those of your average DJ-turned-producer and their latest, Disappear Here, proves it. On the opener "Empire," for example, the duo employs not only live drums and guitars, but the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra(!) to bring that cinematic atmosphere to life and deliver a track that even blown out to that proportion still sounds like classic, polished Hybrid. Of course, the big change on Disappear is the addition of third member Charlotte James, who it seems was brought in to help flesh out "real songs" according to their one-sheet and whose presence is almost immediately felt on the aptly titled "Can You Hear Me." (We can!)
James proves her worth even more when she tempers the menacing deep-house cut "Original Sin" or plays angelic siren to the Middle Eastern-flavored breakbeat juggernaut "Break My Soul." Time will only tell whether the James experiment continues beyond this, but with Truman and Healings still steering the ship and putting out quality music ten years on, all in the face of total unfashionability, it's unlikely they'll disappear into the strobe-lit, fog-filled void like many of their former colleagues from the heyday of "electronica."

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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