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Sometimes, listening to Exitmusic, it's hard to tell exactly whether the goosebumps you're getting are from the parts that are chillingly beautiful and melodic or the ones that are aching and guttural. Or further, the ones that are creepily sparse and disembodied. The New York City duo Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church doesn't care when the chill runs down your spine, they just hope their music provokes some kind of primal feeling.
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When KEXP played "The Modern Age" one morning, I immediately had to turn it up. There's something anthemic there, from the music that throbs and pulses to the vocals that move like a whisper through still water and stridently reach for the sky. I listened, a little bit in awe, getting chills up and down my spine. When the song ended I wanted more.
There's only four songs on 'From Silence' but they all share this quality: music like a landscape of sound and a voice that can sing sweetly or powerfully. "The Sea" rises and falls like tides, painting pictures with sound. "The Hours" is bright and hopeful and tentative. "The Silence" aches, dark and brooding, full of foreboding.
There's moments when Exitmusic reminds me of Stars, or Collide, or the Delgados, but in the end this is music that sounds original, like the soundtrack for a movie that hasn't been made yet, filled with emotions and visuals and subtlety, harsh harmonies and gently-sweeping vistas.
Four short songs and I'm thoroughly addicted. 'From Silence' is something special, and Exitmusic makes the silence full of music.