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Elettricita Review

by David Serra

Havergal's second full-length, Elettricita, treads similar post-rock waters as his 2001 release, Lungs for the Race. Elettricita's picking guitars and twinkling keys race around occasional backwards washes and straightforward beats, while Ryan Murphy's talking, slightly off-key vocals grate to create tension. The repetitive nature of the music is wonderfully hypnotic. Unfortunately, the vocal delivery, in its conscious counter melody, takes a lot away from the meditative swirl of the music. Havergal's laid-back groove with clunking piano tracks, single note guitar melody, lazy beats, and mellow vocals on "Burn Up the Bay" is a highlight of Elettricita. Havergal pulls familiar tricks throughout the album, but if you are a fan of slow moving repetition, this record may be for you.

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