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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
The Apples in Stereo
Travellers in Space and Time
Yep Roc

Rating: 7/10 ?


May 5, 2010
If the Apples in Stereo have actually helped us travel through time and space, then we've landed in an era where disco with its love-and-longing lyrics meets modern technology-obsessed production like automated backing vocals and interplanetary musings. Behold, the 2070s.

Robert Schneider discovered the Non-Pythagorean musical scale for his band's last release, and this increased musical understanding makes the seemingly straight-ahead, infectious hooks of Travellers in Space and Time all the more developed. Piano-driven "Dream About The Future" and the strong, simple beat behind "Hey Elevator" open the album with two of its more accessible, exciting numbers. Despite drawing heavily from Schneider's usual debt to classic power-pop, they sound all the fresher from his adding just the right amount of 21st century to the mix. We might look back in a few decades and realize it did a far better job of predicting the musical future than we realized.

The charm begins to wear off after "Dance Floor," another great single that still starts to hint at a one-dimensional album; Schenider's songwriting can be exhausting. Travellers appears top-heavy, with a mid-section whose only correlation to time travel is that its melodies could've felt predictable in the 1890s, with the limitations of straight 4/4 beginning to wear. But listeners are rewarded for not giving up after that stretch. "No One in the World" may be one non-thought-provoking track in a row too many, but "Nobody But You" takes Schneider's familiar message (guess what it is) and gives it the royal treatment. The crisp beats and brilliantly vintage synthesizers on the hook stand out big time.

When Schneider wonders early on "What do you see when you dream about the future?" the answer is probably far more challenging than this release. Still, when you dream about the simple pleasures of pending millennia, like dance-pop, Schneider has you covered.

Reviewed by JJ Lang


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