1000 Days? There have been only 385 days between the release of Ganglion Reef on 26 August 2014 and this, their third record. And though just over a year separates albums one and three, there’s huge progress within this productivity; maturity, we might say, if we were talking lower forms of animals like homo sapiens but this species of homo psychedelicanus is a quick learner.
The magnificent 1000 Days should be played loud but volume won’t detract from the quality and huge variety of the songs. These move from ‘Grave Robber’’s floaty, fuzzy acid-psych to the heavy Ty Segall-like bludgeoning guitar fuzz-fest of ‘Lower Order’, the Tubeway Army-influenced ‘Dungeon Dropper’ or the sweet and spacey comedown lullaby ‘Morning Rainbow’. That’s not ever describing the real gems: ‘1000 Days’ is a romance set in a folk-haze about “cement boy and cement girl”, with a melodic chorus. ‘Passage of The Dream’ is catchy and immersive dream-pop while ‘Stolen Footsteps’ is a thing of synth-pop wonder, very Numanoid with swirly synths and an irresistible, earworming chorus that you couldn’t shake, even if you wanted to (and you won’t).
Wand fried my synapses with their power, volume and acid-warped directness at End Of The Road but here they seem to be making it all better, employing lyricism and melodic twists, plus some killer tunes, to create one of the best releases of the year.