The Animals at Night

Rain Falls on Asphalt

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Operating as the Animals at Night, Graig Markel and Joe Patterson play a somewhat ambient style of electronica on their debut album, Rain Falls on Asphalt. On tracks averaging a little over three and a half minutes in length each, they tend to set up drum patterns overlaid with synthesizer sounds, taken at steady, deliberate tempos. After repetition and some variations, they often try subtracting beats or notes, as they do on the leadoff track, "Panicgrass and Feverfew." Daniel G. Harmann takes an ethereal vocal on "Petals Up," and Zera Marvel has a spoken word segment in "Bruce Lee at Hi Speed," which also features Jeremiah Green of Modest Mouse on drums and percussion, but, with its varying tempos, isn't really taken at high speed. The music has a trance-like feel much of the time, even though the tracks don't last long enough to induce a meditative mood; even within a track, things are changing too often for the music to serve as background. Markel and Patterson want the complexities in their seemingly simple approach to come out, and they do, especially on repeat listenings.

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