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Album: Scale The Summit – Carving Desert Canyons

April 21st, 2009

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Scale The Summit
Carving Desert Canyons
Prosthetic Records
23 March 2009

by Hazel Robinson

Vocals aren’t necessary to a song, any more than guitar or bass or Peruvian nose flute or cowbell are. Unless something’s being used effectively then it’s probably detracting from the rest of the music. God knows, enough songs have been ruined by idiots deciding against all apparent logic to wail some banal rubbish over the top of an otherwise perfectly serviceable instrumental.

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Album: Isis – Wavering Radiant

March 27th, 2009

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Isis
Wavering Radiant
Conspiracy Records
04 May 2009

by Hazel Robinson

Aaron Turner has described Wavering Radiant as “the closest [Isis] will get to pop,” and said that it’s less rhythmically weird than previous albums. They’ve been working with Joe Barresi, rather than band staple Matt Bayles, as producer and apparently made the effort to all be living in the same place during the writing and recording. It’s not difficult to see how a change would occur, but at the same time, everything that was said about this album before I heard it made me feel as hellishly excited that Isis were back as it made me feel slightly ill at the thought of Isis going a bit rubbish by accident.

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