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August
Artist: Standard
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On August, their first release for Touch and Go, a deft touch with intricatearrangements that favor careful development over random bombast transforms TheStandard's potentially harmful proggish tendencies into a critter of considerablebeauty. While the vocals take a little getting used to (unless you're alreadycomfy with occasional echoes of, say, Cat Stevens, Geddy Lee, or both at thesame time), ultimately this Portland, Oregon quintet's "all that hascome before us is fair game" approach to songwriting serves them very wellindeed. There's something terribly exhilarating about being reminded ofBuilt to Spill, Stereolab, and Alice Cooper all in the same song, as on "WhenEverything Went North." But postmod pastiche point-for-point, August'sreal payoff comes on "Behind the Screens," a carefully orchestratedmini-epic punctuated with vertiginous guitar squalls that bring a less chaoticSonic Youth to mind, even as they send you reeling toward the repeat button.
        
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