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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
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The amp is a prism here, refracting guitar and bass notes into rainbow shards of altered colors. Wresting dreamlike textures out of long, vibrating sounds, the duo are playing not so much their instruments as their sound system. A single note may continue for minutes on end, tweaked by slight movements of the guitar with relation to the speakers to create a shifting system of overtones and undertones, tones that can live on long past the initial pressure of finger on string. Sometimes one member or the other will pause to switch instruments, putting the guitar down to snatch up a bass, while the mesh of tones rings on out of the amplifiers.

Live, Growing are almost unbearably loud, the kind of loud that rumbles up out of the floorboards and flutters the clothes on your body, the kind of loud that literally hurts. They opened for Comets on Fire when I saw them, and it will give you some sense of the volume when I say that my ears started to recover, a little, during Comets' "Bee and Cracking Egg." Yet here on their fourth record, the same songs that annihilated in concert become meditative, peaceful, even beautiful. The two longest cuts, "Fancy Period" and "Blue Angels," have an almost hallucinatory grace, a drone that lifts rather than pulverizes, that fractures into soaring interludes of synthetic, church-organ-like tranquility. Changes in tone and mood emerge gradually in these 10-minute-plus tracks. A billow of pure tone subsides into abrasive, artfully timed blasts of static and sonic-boom-like blurts of melody in "Fancy Period". "Blue Angels" is layered with long-sustained tones, that dense web of sounds providing foundation for the slow soar of pipe-organ grandeur. The compactly stated "Cumulusless" sounds, again, like an organ piece, notes pinging and reverberating over a scratchy, skipping motif. The high and low tones never quite coalesce, working in counterpoint, occasionally intersecting but not touching, suggesting the unbridgeable space between earth and sky.

"Green Pastures" is a far denser mesh of notes, a cascade of quick sounds chased by its shadow, all fluttering over a hissing bed of mild distortion. This pastoral music evokes fleeting images, like water falling, horses galloping or grasses blowing, but then it runs abruptly into a wall of blazing feedback. That's Growing at their core: tranquil, meditative soundscapes that can nonetheless burn a hole through your ear. With the CD, at least, you can turn it down to manageable volume.


by Jennifer Kelly




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