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Different Days

For a moment there, it sounds like Joseph Costa sings "I came like falling down," and I bite my lip (and hope it happens hard enough to leave blood in my mouth), and wonder if L'altra — a band whose acoustic/electronic analog/digital calm/restless boy/girl mood music is nothing if not astonishingly tasteful — haven't gone and gotten a little saucy. These words are the right words to unleash a little spell, but it doesn't hold, lasting only as long as it takes to realize Costa's really singing "It came like falling down," speaking not of semen, but of a tangible absence — as tangible as a change in the weather — that comes whenever some unnamed other (y'know, like, the girl) isn't around. Costa pushes this to a place of quiet profundity when he talks of how such loneliness "makes it easier to suffer, like I always wished for." I'm unsure whether the boy/girl of L'altra — Costa and Lindsay Anderson — are "mates of state," so to speak, but within the world of their band, they are wedded together, L'altra the union that binds them through time. And, whilst it's nice enough knowing that Costa misses Anderson whilst she's off playing in Pulseprogramming, or performing with Will Oldham, Telefon Tel Aviv, Slicker, or anyone else keen to add her beautiful voice to their tunes, it'd be so much more shocking, and shockingly intimate, if the duo — usually more ethereal than earthy — took you into their intimacy. It's an intimacy that could easily be afforded by this third L'altra longplayer, which finds the band no longer being a band, as such, the rhythm section that once propped/post-rocked them up having slipped away. L'altra have become just the couple, and those musical dualities — acoustic/electronic analog/digital calm/restless boy/girl — seem more pronounced now that they're the republic of two; with the electronic elements of their craft, in particular, coming more to the fore, here, even if that isn't entirely apparent upon first listen. Aided and abetted by producer Joshua Eustis (one of the dorky dudes behind epic orchestral-electro soundtrackists Telefon Tel Aviv), the album uses its lack of rhythm section to let L'altra "drift" in a different fashion, fashioning rhythms from cut-together percussion parts, electronic flickers, digital skips, and even the cello of Chicago-scene vet Fred Lonberg-Holm. It makes for, as is the pair's way, another particularly pretty record; but, where their prettiness was once cloaked in a shroud of bashful melancholy, with Eustis on hand things get a little more grandstanding. L'altra's romantic manners are now less a little love-in, and more a love-for-the-ages, "Morning Disaster" stroking piano and strings and woodwinds and choral vocals over five and a half minutes before it reaches its climax, only to quickly curl up, spent.

by Anthony Carew

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