Boston’s Magic Shoppe open for new business with their Triangulum Australe E.P., by way of Optical Sounds. Leading off with their stellar contribution to valis‘ Summer Solstice Vol. IV, Magic Shoppework half their namesake on 4 cuts of slippery and hazy psych that wriggle by way too quickly. Rather than building up the songs’ heft with hollow overdrive, Josiah Webb and Co. lay down blankets of haze and atmosphere until you’re wrapped up snug…and they do it in their own time. Triangulum Australe E.P moves at its own pace, in no hurry to get to the non-existent finish line, rolling and swirling out around your ears like the mystery wind. Midnight in the Garden of Evil may move at the quickest clip, but is determined not to blow all the fog out of the head or wipe all the sleep from the eyes, third one included. Each cut has a lure and promise of some kind of releasing, swirling narcolepsy without getting bogged down and unable—or unwilling—to make a move forward through the fog. The songs waft by effortlessly, using the enigmatic eddies under the surface for direction, conjuring up smooth sailing without trying to outrun the storm clouds.
Midnight in the Garden of Evil :: Magic Shoppe :: Triangulum Australe E.P. (2012, Optical Sounds)
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