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Record Review

Calibos

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Year Released: 2000
Format: CD
Label: Arlingtone
 
Reviewed by Mark Skold on Jun 13, 2007
This offering is release number 3 from Arlingtone records - where you get indie music with a twist. Calibos are a three piece, 2 guitars, vocals and a drummer, that play strange (different?) sounding indie rock. This is their premier recorded offering - 9 tracks of stuff that I really will have a hard time comparing to anything else, but I'll give it a shot.

This record sounds really weird - I don't know if it's the production, the lack of a bass player, or just the way the songwriting sounds. For some reason, I think it sounds like it would fit quite nicely into a jazz club or something like that. The music isn't loud and crazy, nor is it super mellow; it just sounds chilled out. It kind of sounds like the indie-rock equivalent of art-nouveau. Or something.

The press letter that came with the CD states that Calibos have been compared to the Cure, REM, and the Velvet Underground. All before they 'were spoiled by success and egos'. If you ask me it reminds me of some kind of emo-rock band, only mellower. Jets To Brazil, Cutlass Supreme or something like that playing slow, quieter, less 'distorted-guitar' songs.

As far as the songs are concerned, it's nothing really breathtaking. That being said they are kinda good. There's something about them that makes it the perfect thing to have on in the background if your trying to do something stupid. Like a dissertation. I've been listening to them non-stop, and it hasn't distracted me like listening to The Get Up Kids or Animal Chin would. My dissertation is still non existent, but fuck it. The music is cool.

Not a great one, but surely a solid one. If you enjoy listening to music while doing college work, writing to your Granny or doing your taxes, you could do a lot worse than this.

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