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July 12, 2005

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"Lately, songs don't sound the same as they did."* Sad, but true.

Often Lie is a different release from the Statistics' debut Leave Your Name: less vintage keyboards and less instrumentals, and more buzzing guitars. Yes!

Denver Dalley (guitarist for Desaparecidos) is the Statistics. A one-man gang that can construct a towering rock sound as easily as a five piece, Dalley creates moody indie-rock that lingers like a thick fog, blurring your vision yet rousing the senses.

Fuzzed-out guitars and spine-chilling reverberating guitar picks slowly drift about without hurry. Cold electronics quietly smolder beneath layers of guitars, bass, and drums while Dalley's warm vocals are gentle and soft-spoken, as if he's personally whispering words into your ears. Parts of Often Lie are quiet and laidback, others are poppy and full of powerful rock. At the right moments Dalley knows when to pull on the reigns, and also when to whip for a burst of acceleration and increase in volume. This give-and-take approach perfectly balances Often Lie.

From the rock guitar thrust of "Final Broadcast" to the cool and calm Pedro the Lion-esque "Begging To Be Heard," to even the sonically expansive instrumental closer "i0.22," Often Lie contains great diversity, cold and humid, gentle and energetic. My favorite track off the release, "By(e) Now," perfectly encompasses both the chilly electronics and the organic warmth of a six-stringed guitar.

I enjoyed the company of Leave Your Name, but Often Lie has my heart.


Ken Hawk