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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Album review: Symmetry, “Themes for an Imaginary Film”

Adam Miller, Nat Walker, Johnny Jewel and Ruth Radelet each make excellent contributions to “Themes for an Imaginary Film.” (Photo by Alberto Rossini)
As we speed-surf the choppy seas of YouTube in search of new sounds, two minutes spent watching a music video can actually feel like a serious time commitment. So what happens when a chunk of music asks for two hours of our lives?

That’s the running time of “Themes for an Imaginary Film,” an expansive and enchanting new album by Symmetry, a collective of musicians assembled by Johnny Jewel of the Portland, Ore., neo-disco duo Glass Candy. Last year, Jewel contributed a handful of stylish electro-pop songs to the soundtrack of “Drive,” a very real film starring the hunky and ubiquitous Ryan Gosling. Here, Jewel has delivered 36 tracks of his most evocative avant-pop yet. “Your life is the film,” the album’s liner notes declare, “this is the soundtrack.”


Read the full review from today’s Washington Post, here.

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