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Buoyed by a mirage of influences and styles, Toronto's Hollowphonic take great pride in experimentation, with the result often turning out better than anticipated. Although the ambient opening of "Introphonic" is a bit slow, it's deliberately building to something better in the vein of Pink Floyd's "Cluster One" from the Division Bell album. "Setraline" continues methodically but finally breaks out into alluring dissonance two-thirds of the way into the song with some effects added in for good measure. "Sad to Feel" follows parallel lines, resembling an early Primal Scream or My Bloody Valentine both in its structure and intensity. Lead singer and main writer Brad Ketchen takes a slightly different route to reach the same aural beauty in the majority of songs, with "Confusion" running somewhere between Brian Eno and the Cure stylistically. An element of trip-hop rears itself during "All My Dreams" with less than stellar conclusions, often plodding along far too mechanically. Rounding out with "Time Is All I Need," the group find its footing easily and often in this collision between hard rock guitar and ambient hues. The hidden track appears like a close relative of the previous track, but is a bit more space rock-oriented.