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Recorded in the wake of last year’s Clemency, this between-albums boredom-killer is an unlikely triumph. Less countrified than its predecessor, leader Zachary Gresham’s ‘accidental’ Yamaha tinkering has birthed a smearily psychedelic song suite: delicate lunar lullabies somewhere between Mercury Rev (Gresham’s a dead ringer for Jonathan Donahue) and Yo La Tengo. “Capsized” is matched for brittle beauty only by the finest George Harrison cover ever, “Behind That Locked Door”, all marshmallow limbs in zero-gravity limbo.

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