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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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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
Nice Nice
Yesss!
Augraglint Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


June 20, 2005
Nice Nice's neurotic big band sound draws on the double rhythms and stop-starts of juggernauts like Akufen and Nudge while also incorporating a jumble of off-color bursts of brass, sun bleached harmonies and enough production dirt to satisfy the goriest of heads.

Spread over five songs, with remix's crafted by Stars As Eyes, Caural and DJ Rupture, this avalanche of analogue beats and jaunty electro arpeggios marks a drastic shift away from the spiky free jazz of their previous effort, Awesome.

It's a territory largely uncultivated, however, and Nice Nice appears in possession of the tools required to harvest its unsullied crops. There is a sticky, sweaty throb beneath each piece, providing form and stability to the Technicolor explosions which renew themselves again and again in euphoric waves of sound.

A notable piece, "Uh-Oh" lays down huge shifting clouds of sustained drone over which the group plants bright chord stabs and wet beats that pop with all the vibrancy of a rainbow colored soap bubbles. With nary a moment for rest, "Control Your Area" grinds away at a raw bass line recalling Cabaret Voltaire while handclaps, tongues of e-bow and hi-hats stutter underneath.

Indeed, like attending a rave, this effort is about engulfing ones presence in the feverish images and stanch series of sounds; on the other hand, other works hide an unabashedly romantic melodicism within its clatterbox rhythms. Standing out form the rest, the title track spills a baroque take on melodic psychadelica bolstered by a battery of horns, bells and acoustic ethnic instrumentation. The piece seems to move at two speeds at once, with chiming guitars moving forward at a measured pace while nervous ornamental pings and tumble-dry techno leapfrog ahead.

Of great hindrance to this work, though, are the rather unassuming remixes; each lacks the original's devilish quirks, bringing forth bland repetitions that would have been better left off altogether. On their own, Nice Nice are curiously hushed and noisy all at once, as though built from a chorus of snaps and whispers. Yesss! is dense, dizzying and above all, ardent din.

Reviewed by Max Schaefer
Nocturnal qualms and eyes that brim like lamps betoken slender sketches, poetry and short stories strewn alongside piano playing, a fiddling of knobs and murmured dialogue with a medley of electronic gizmo\'s. A twenty-one year old person lodged within the University of Victoria, Max harvests organic sounds on a sullen sampler, watching water unwind like two broad lengths of ribbon and nursing a book below the canopy of a cheery-tree. Max believes that the world is made present by people\'s presence in it and that art is one such way in which a distinctive disclosure might be crafted.

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