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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

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Having previously existed in the shadows of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and consequently been deemed just another player in emo's most fertile heartland — Omaha, Nebraska's Saddle Creek Records — it's no wonder Statistics frontman and multi-instrumentalist Denver Dalley felt slight pressure while making the band's debut album, Leave Your Name. "The songs are all done/ And as they go down on tape/ The critics click their pens," Dalley speaks-sings up close and languidly on opener "Sing a Song," cutting to the chase right off the bat. Statistics are ready to be labeled — they just want to beat you to it. The song then bursts into a wall of noise built on screaming synth effects, bludgeoning beats and plunging electrified riffs, killing any notions that this would be just another quiet, whiney emo record. "Please don't pout or sing of love, it's all been done," Dalley — who also plays in Bright Eyes side project Desaparecidos — continues later on "Sing a Song," as if repeating the nagging voices in his head. He doesn't need to be reminded; he already knows, having invented a loud and severely impassioned polished rock sound of his own, and Leave Your Name plain proves it. The 11-track album delivers sad moments woven around heart-tugging piano and fragile singing ("2 A.M."), dark, spine-tingling instrumentals made of mighty, spiraling riffs, gritty effects and threatening drums ("Mr. Nathan") and high-energy romps led by reverb-drenched vocals and beautifully layered arrangements ("Hours Seemed Like Days"). While name-dropping is always helpful when looking for media attention, Leave Your Name suggests just what it says — with a wonderful sound like theirs, a name is beside the point; leave it behind.


by Jenny Tatone




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