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Dive Index

Mid/Air

(Neutral; US: 2 Oct 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Highly collaborative albums frequently falter under the weight of their own ambition. Amazingly, despite spreading the work of a dozen odd singers and musicians over 11 tracks, the debut effort from Dive Index is singularly expressive. The instrumentals consistently pick at the popping, clicking side of indie downtempo electronica throughout the work. When one of the girls sings, it sounds like the album Alias and Tarsier put together. Granted, Brookland / Oaklyn is one of the weakest releases in Alias’ otherwise stellar catalogue, but considering how many cooks composer Will Thomas invited into his kitchen, the clarity of vision achieved here is objectively commendable. However, this is seriously humorless music that has ultimately been done before, and it was equally passable then. You wouldn’t think it would be all that hard to achieve some wholesome variety considering the names involved.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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