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Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, September 23, 2005, Music

Mates of State

All Day (Polyvinyl)

Mates of State are so damned energetic. The incredible verve the drums-and-organ pair brings to each song is off the Richter scale. The San Francisco-based spouses ooze exuberance as they beat the soup out of their respective instruments, even on this short EP bridging the gap between 2003's lauded Team Boo and the highly anticipated, just-finished full-length due later this year. High-wattage opener "Goods (All in Your Head)" features Kori Gardner's and Jason Hammel's voices married beautifully: The harmonies clash, creating a tension that resolves itself over and over as they meet in unison again and again. "Drop and Anchor" takes things in a more solemn direction without sacrificing any of the EP's earlier energy or tension as the couple promises to save each other. The closer, a dreamy, reverent treatment of David Bowie's "Starman," boasts some subtle echo effects that make it feel glossy and stripped-down at the same time. The worst thing about All Day is that it doesn't play all day. It's too damn short, and the days until the new album comes out are just too damn long. (Friday, 3:30pm, AMD stage)


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