Tuesday, October 6, 2009

review: Letting Up Despite Great Faults

Letting Up Despite Great Faults: "In Steps"
Letting Up Despite Great Faults: "Folding Under Stories Told"

Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Self-released, 2009

Shoegaze gauziness covering electronica beats--think Air and Fischerspooner with some type of Brit-pop swagger. You know, a rough-hewn mass of systematic loops and distortion, where there is more foot pedaling than guitar strumming. I trip over the vocals on these albums--never sure if I'm supposed to understand them or not, and in this case, the vocals are more of an instrument of sound rather than an instrument of meaning. I'm sure they are saying something, but just what is completely superfluous to the songs. All that's needed is a Sophia Coppola movie deal and California's Letting Up is set.

"Folding Under Stories Told" is excellent, "So Fast You" creeps me out like a dollhouse in a formal living room before opening itself up to more personable niceties, "Our Younger Noise" finds its rhythm through a slow trickle of bubbles, like a half-way functioning aquarium and "Photograph Shakes" is like that great secret that you're glad to be apart of.

But Letting Up Despite Great Faults is a secret worth sharing.

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