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Ammi: LaodiceaLaodicea (2005)
Common Cloud

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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Ammi is one of those rare bands who doesn't let their talent cloud everything they do. While they could definitely resort to stupid noodling or pretentious showmanship, talent has found its place in the creativity and variety the band manages to pull off, especially in an album that seems to have an.
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Ammi is one of those rare bands who doesn't let their talent cloud everything they do. While they could definitely resort to stupid noodling or pretentious showmanship, talent has found its place in the creativity and variety the band manages to pull off, especially in an album that seems to have an interesting progression hiding behind the band's indie rock/post-hardcore orchestrations.

Laodicea is indeed a diverse record. While the second track, "Born," could best be described as a mix between the gentle emotions of Mineral and the swirling, semi-electronic atmospherics of [insert newest hip electro indie-pop outfit] with a simple mix of emotions and bits of organic qualities, "So Close," its followup, gives off much more of a radio rock quality to the voice of the lead vocalist at first - maybe even with a charming snarl ¡ la Kurt Cobain - only to let the song's composition drop into a spastically jazzy rock feel.

"Blue Screen Brain" really seems to kickstart the darker portion of the record. Interlaced, distorted voices crumple under the singer's, and a lot of the optimism in his voice from the previous tracks has really seemed to die. The next song, "Faux," features the fastest tempo Laodicea has to offer, with vocals snidely crooned over chords No Knife would like back, please. Screamed backups help a chorus of line of "So! Faux! Life! Wins! / I said I wouldn't care / inside of my head / well I'm sorry so..." become pretty damned infectious, too. The closer, "Nature Of Apathy," has some strummed angularity and flat-out anguished yells on top.

The band's sound really can't be justified in any one description. I really don't believe the above gives such justice even after straining to compare, and just believing Laodicea has the ability to dodge most that are sure to come their way seems a feat in itself. Regardless, the EP has a rare, progressive cohesion to it, which, again, makes it interesting itself. While I feel like there's plenty parts that could work to whelm me better, there's a lot of cool qualities I'm liking, and I figure with all the overanalyzing they've pulled out of me already, an expansion on the complete package is inevitable.

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Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

These guys are true musicians, but the real talent is in their taste. Everything is calulated without being overdone. There's something so great about hearing a scream from a guy that can sing oprea. Props all around guys!

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

the track "Faux" is so catchy that it freaks me out. good abum.

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

I'd order from this label. They give a ton of free crap with every order...stickers, pins, etc. But that's coming from someone who doesn't have $50 to spend.

Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

I don't see why anyone would order just an EP from a label. I certainly don't bother mail-ordering from a label unless the sum of my order is at least $50.

-Chinatown

inagreendase (January 23, 2005)

You should be able to order it direct from Common Cloud.

CallingLondon (January 23, 2005)

where can you find this ep, btw?

CallingLondon (January 23, 2005)

yo, i like i like. god it's been a fucking while since i've listened to a good new band. thank god. i'm a litle weary of every new band having screams in the bakcground, but i'll let that slide. for now.

Anonymous (January 22, 2005)

good comparison to no knife! love the guitars...

Anonymous (January 22, 2005)

This is an amazing EP. I bought it after you put them up at MP3 of the week. Thanks for the heads up.

jamespastepunk (January 22, 2005)

No Shai Hulud review?

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

I like the "6." It reflects an album that's good but not in a transcendent way (like "13 Songs").

OC

Jesse (January 21, 2005)

You give 6s like I give 1s.

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