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Portland, Oregon duo Kevin O'Connor and Lisa Molinaro create lush and evocative instrumental soundscapes under the name Talkdemonic.Formed in 2003, Talkdemonic began as Kevin's pursuit for new frontiers in percussion and analog sound.Lisa joined Kevin shortly thereafter, further shaping Talkdemonic's innovative style with her rich viola and cello arrangements.
Talkdemonic released their 2004 début Mutiny Sunshine on Lucky Madison Records.In 2006, Kevin and Lisa went on to sign with Arena Rock Recording Co., releasing both Beat Romantic and Eyes At Half Mast, and garnering critical attention for their ability to pioneer the marriage of strings with unyieldingly strong percussion and inescapable harmony.
The bands fourth record Ruins finds them continuing to expand, stretching dynamic range from quiet brooding to all out distorted assault.Molinaro's scenic melodies accompany the ever present forward motion of O'Connor's steady beats.With a little help from Clay Jones and Isaac Brock in the mixing room this is Talkdemonic's most well composed and realized work to date.
At times impetuous yet palliative, Talkdemonic's sound captures the universally intangible, what we wish to say but cannot find words, a surge and a calm, instrumental modern music at its finest.
"Nothing short of cathartic" - Pitchfork
"These wistful vignettes of viola + Powerbook + percussion speak volumes." - Urb
"Tight yet reverberating tracks of pastoral melancholy." - XLR8R
"It has been a while since an album so succinctly summed up such a varied palette of emotions." - Tiny Mix Tapes
"Carefully arranged pop songs that happen to have a viola singing lead." - Paste
"This vocal-free combo crafts music that's intense, emotional, and utterly engaging." - The Stranger