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Retriever

Greatest Moments of Doubt

(Anisette)

Not your typical Orange County pop-punk band, Retriever drench their tunes in layers of distortion, while never losing their strong sense of melody. Frontman Kevin Castillo describes his music as “Fuzzy Pop, Big Muff Pop, or Space Pop,” but there’s also a bit of Southeastern pop ala R.E.M. in there as well. Check out “Rollercoaster” as a bridge between Automatic For The People R.E.M. and Spiritualized. Then there’s the rousing guitar jam of “Collapsing” that verges on pysch territory. Greatest Moments Of Doubt is Retriever’s debut album and shows promise for the band’s future, particularly in their use of intriguing dynamics and guitars juxtaposed with just enough electronic elements to keep things interesting.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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