Audioasis CD Review: The Animals at Night Rain Falls on Asphalt

review be Rachel LeBlanc

I imagine opening track “Panicgrass and Feverfew” of The Animals at Night‘s debut release, Rain Falls on Asphalt, heard in the background while the leading character of an action movie slyly enters a nightclub scene. TV’s Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy would slip the album into their stereo before a surgery on Nip/Tuck. The music is along the lines of what I would expect to hear at one of the hip Belltown bars, as well as playing in the background of a hipster’s dinner party.

This latest electronic offering from Seattle is hip-hop influenced with enough touches of rock to appeal to many; it’s trip-hop along the lines of Massive Attack, but without vocals. There are a few repetitive spots which drag, but overall the album is intriguing. It maintains a compelling ambiance to put on and listen from start to finish while entertaining guests, working, driving, you get the idea.

Rain Falls on Asphalt was just released last week, but the musicians behind it have been around much longer. Just quickly search using Graig Markel’s name, one half of the duo, and you will find quite a list of bands and projects he either had a hand in creating or participated in. Helping Markel and Joe Patterson with the project is a roll call of notables in the Seattle music scene: musicians from the likes of Modest Mouse, The Long Winters, Head Like a Kite, and a handful of others all lent their talents.

My personal favorite tracks from the 10 song CD would be aforementioned “Panicgrass and Feverfew” and “Write Out Out.” The next mix I make for a friend will definitely include at least one of these tracks!

Live at the Tractor Tavern at the Seattle Weekly REVERB festival 10/6/07

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