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4.DOn't hold your breath
5.Pete the killer
7.As quick as it comes/Carrera
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"Televise" is not as dark as "Scavengers", and rocks more, which is when Calla really shines. The opener "Strangler" is one of the highlights, as is "Dont Hold Your Breath", "Customised", and best of all "Televised", with its drawn out and hypnotizing riffs. The comparison may not be really good but the band reminds me of how early-Cure might have sounded if they started recording now.
I'll be interested in seeing how Calla evolves from here. Meanwhile, I am very content with this album, and can't wait to see them live again.
There is a very alluring quality to Valle's drawl and jangling guitars and it's complemented superbly by smooth basslines and atmospheric sounds. The drums and other percussion are often more subtle than anything else, but they're pronounced when they need to be. Indeed, Calla are a finely honed machine and it's hard to believe that there are only 3 members behind the controls. "Customized" and "As Quick As It Comes/Carrera" rival Mogwai's thunderous climaxes in their building finales.
But let's get back to the slow stuff, because that's where this album really shines. I'm not sure I can decipher more than a dozen words in either "Monument" or "Don't Hold Your Breath", but both of them draw me in -- the instinct to turn up the volume, close my eyes and nod my head to the beat is irresistable. As the album progresses, the dark vibe continues with superb tracks like "Monument" and "Astral" before it comes to a head in the previously mentioned "Quick As It Comes/Carrera". The soundscape interlude "Alacran" follows and then, surprisingly, the upbeat "Televised". It's an oddly positive moment and provides a nice break from the somber mood of the album.
Until, of course, "Surface Scratch", the album's finale, which throws you back into the album's depths. It's the gloomiest song on the album, but it's also comforting in a way. "Don't ever look back, don't ever turn back," it pleads, but "don't forget to come back." I can't help coming back to this album.
Distanced yet intimate, sexy without meaning to be, it's the voice you hear as you drift off to sleep late at night - if you're lucky. Girls have been spotted pretending not to swoon at Calla shows. I've seen Calla twice and was promptly won over by Aurelio's low-key charisma on stage, his smooth black hair falling over his face, his calm demeanor and above all that VOICE and those obliquely sad lyrics pulling me out to sea. It's a voice that emanates a narcotic unease while somehow offering warmth and comfort. I'll bet he gets stalked a lot at Kim's Video (I've heard he works there).
But the Voice is merely one color on Calla's sophisticated, carefully controlled yet fluid musical palette. The weaker Calla songs tend to drift to no purpose or perhaps they're simply meant as meditations. The stronger songs, such as "Strangler," "Customized," and "Televised" (grittier, more caustic) often start slowly, in measured tones with liquid bass lines. Then they build almost imperceptibly to scale more dramatic heights. For example, on "Don't Hold Your Breath," continuous shakers, slow, minimal guitar lines and a melodic bass wrap themselves around Aurelio's incantation: "This day is dead." "if I could tell you I would..." "I thought I saw you crawl back for more.." Sleigh bells and phased guitar accent this and then the guitars gather volume and strength, the drums segue into a march with cymbals splashing and the whole thing blossoms into something truly epic. This is music to dream by - or maybe songs that take the place of dreams.
Based in New York City, Calla prove that not every band from NYC are riding the post-punk wave to the riches on the shore. This album employs spiky guitars and atmosperics to provide a dense and dark listening experience.
Opener 'Strangler' follows typical song structures combined with downright scary lyrics, but the rest of the album is more experimental. 'Monument' is sparse, which makes its haunting guitar line that much more efficatious. 'Don't Hold Your Breath' moves in with the chilling lyric 'This day is dead' and the vocal is briefly offset by a bright and chirpy guitar segment before squalling darkness comes along and casts a pall over the end of the song, and 'Pete the Killer' is an atmospheric highlight along the lines of a quiet MBV moment, and its held together by a simple-yet-effective (and unforgettable) bass line.
'Customized' starts the second half of the album, "Televised's" most potent set of songs. 'Customized' doesn't sound like anything memorable at first, but upon repeated listens the slithering guitar, howling atmospherics and distant lyrics make it a darkly satisfying masterpiece.
'As Quick as it Comes/Carrera' starts as a nearly silent ballad and ambles along for two minutes before the band builds the song to an unforgettable crescendo that could be a quieter, more refined and reigned-in Godspeed You Black Emperor song or Low if that band stretched out a little bit more. It is certainly one of the albums highlights, and after 'Alacran's' instrumental atmospherics blow by, 'Televise' comes along as one of the albums two towering masterpieces. It starts off with a skittering drum beat and funky strut before ice-cold guitar rises to the surface and flips the song upside down. After the lyrics cut out just over two minutes into the song, the guitar morphs into a Spector-ish wall of sound, fades away to silence before coming back like an avalanche down a sun-baked mountain.
Calla have crafted a memorable, if not dark and atmospheric, album that at first sounds too basic to be enthralling, but upon repeated spins the listener is rewarded with new facets of musicianship. It's like crawling into your bed at night - you know it's familiar but it takes a few moments to find the comfort zone. "Televised" won't blow you over the first time, but each successive listen is a reward unto itself. If atmospheric music is your bag, fill it with this album.