M. Fantino

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (66 of 74)
Location: San Francisco, California USA
Birthday: 25 Jan


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,507,808 - Total Helpful Votes: 66 of 74
Pre [VINYL] ~ Circlesquare
Pre [VINYL] ~ Circlesquare
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars songs from the floor, 8 July 2004
Circlesquare's Pre-Earthquake Anthem fits snugly in the lexicon of the Output Records sound. This unusual record sounds mildly apocalyptic, vaguely narcoleptic, and highly foreboding. The title itself suggests the doom of an impending earthquake. And that imagined catastrophe is the climax that every song aches for, like there is some invisible build-up conjured by Circlequare's hypnotic slow-motion electro-funk. "Just wait here for disaster comes" warns Circlesquare.
As far as I can ascertain, Circlesquare is mostly one person, named March21, who has a comforting vocal style sounding like he recorded this album real late at night when everyone else was asleep. A shouting whisper… Read more
Echoes ~ The Rapture
Echoes ~ The Rapture
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars phantasmagoria, 23 Oct 2003
You can't go wrong with The Rapture. Of the disco-punk movement, they and Radio 4 are at the top of the heap.
This has been a highly anticipated album. Little leaks of songs have been released here and there for the last several months. DFA had put out a number of fantastic 12" singles that I have been able to snatch up while I was waiting and the Yes New York compilation contains the glorious new vamped-up version of Olio.
Is it any real coincidence that both Blondie and Siouxsie had songs called (The) Rapture? You can hear elements of both that New York disco that Blondie was doing and that spaced out goth that Siouxsie was sculpting back in the day. But, if you can stomach a… Read more
Breathe ~ Leaves (Iceland)
Breathe ~ Leaves (Iceland)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds familiar, 7 Sep 2002
Leaves have all the ingredients to make them a sensation. They come from Reykjavík, Iceland, in a time when it is well understood that all good rock is coming from the northern lands (Sigur Rós, also from Iceland; Sahara Hotnights, (International) Noise Conspiracy/Refused, The Hives, Kent, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, all from Sweden). And they have a great one-word name.
I was very excited to get their debut, Breathe. I ordered it from overseas in order to be one of the first Americans in-the-know. I must say, I am a little disappointed. Just a little. Still, I recommend this album, and I will try to tell you why.
Their opening track is I Go Down. A sonic wonder… Read more

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