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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
»Deerhunter
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
Meanderthals
Desire Lines
Smalltown Supersound

Rating: 8/10 ?


August 10, 2009
Sometimes when you hear a song, or the entirety of a band's works, you can instantly tell whether the group's forte is summer music or winter music. When I heard Meanderthals' Desire Lines for the first time, I instantly recognized it as definitive summer music. Hot off the Norwegian electronica scene, Meanderthals are a collaboration between Idjut Boys and Rune Linbaek, with a sound that is a bit of a fluffier than what we have traditionally come to expect from the Smalltown Supersound label roster. That fluffiness adds a fresh breeze to the otherwise unassuming mix of throwback downbeat and Scandinavian folk strumming.

Opening track "Kunstor Ars" sets the bar high; the cut's heavy bass, optimistic guitar and buoyant steel drums serving as good pointers for what to expect from the release as it unfolds. The track, and the album, hit with the force of a feather from the first second: light guitars, airy background noise, attitudes chilled and laid-back. The carefree feeling of "Kunstor Ars" never goes away, permeating every track, and when you start to approach the finish you find yourself fumbling for the repeat button to sustain the effect even longer.

As sunny as it is, however, it is doubtful that Desire Lines has enough heat to survive long beyond Labor Day. Faced with the prospect of turning leaves, or even the faux-pas of wearing white once August has passed, the album's pseudo-jazz (see "Bugges Room") and neo-disco ("Andromeda (Prelude to the Future)") will probably go into hibernation. But no matter--if you do forget about Meanderthals over the colder months, it will just be a pleasant surprise to rediscover them again next summer.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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