Review - Songs For Creatures

Artist: Psychonauts

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Merging acoustic pathology with electronic technology has produced some tedious results that typically owe more to pastoral folk than to future-music progression. Psychonauts, long a fixture of the blunted, downtempo scene, have crafted a debut album that blurs the lines with a little more skill. The sound here is fully built on modern ideas, but is unmistakably infused with a sort of mellow organic sense that owes as much to grassy fields as it does to bags of grass. Thoroughly chilled beats never clash with the open expanse of emotion this duo creates and, with the help of folks like James Yorkston and even Siobhan Fahey (the good-lookin' one from Shakespear's Sister), the approach never falters on these eleven tracks.

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