The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - DEANNA OR­TIZ

Maybe their ex­po­sure to the ma­jes­tic Rocky Moun­tains gives this group of Den­verites li­cence to plumb the kalei­do­scopic depths of mind­bend­ing in­stru­men­tal prog-rock. Their si­tar-free psy­che­delic de­but re­tains all the rain­bow flavour of psychedelia while mod­ernising its sounds and avoid­ing in­dul­gence.

Col­lages isn’t so much a trippy ca­coph­ony of sound as the mes­meris­ing eye of a storm. The tracks re­tain a sense of mo­tion in mea­sures, grad­u­ally lay­er­ing fuzzy gui­tars with cav­ernous re­verb, elec­tronic blips and sleep­ily ki­netic drums be­fore ebbing away. Col­lages doesn’t rev­o­lu­tionise any­thing, but it does ven­ture away from the main­stream and whisks you along with it. Think Yo La Tengo’s blissed out in­stru­men­tals jam­ming with a mel­low Jimi Hen­drix – and enough au­di­tory acid to turn any lit­mus test fire en­gine red. www.mys­pace.com/ woods­man­man

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