How Did I Find My­self Here? (Anti-)

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Be­cause How Did I Find My­self Here? is no mere re­union al­bum, it’s an im­me­di­ate con­tin­u­a­tion from when the alt-rock neopsych vi­sion­ar­ies called it quits at the end of the 1980s. Most of the rock el­e­ments take in­flu­ence from ‘90s alt and col­lege scenes, though these are just one part of the broad psych and blues spec­trum that en­sconces their sto­ries. The mu­sic guides your emo­tions to places that flit­ter be­tween hap­pi­ness, chaos and fear, and be­neath ev­ery layer is a tonne of sub­tle gui­tar work, that adds an am­bi­ent je ne sais quoi. Jan­gly gui­tars cre­ate dis­com­fort, tear­ing riffs build ten­sion and jagged blues tones draw you deep into haunt­ing night­mares. Though of­ten hope­ful, it’s a dark al­bum that oc­cu­pies that space be­tween fan­tasy and re­al­ity, where things get so strange they al­most seem sur­real. But their ru­mi­na­tions are far too hon­est to be grounded in any­thing but the truth. P.Z.

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