This Ithaca, NY-based quintet has an eclectic, groove-based sound that is bound to yield comparisons to Phish, but its dense and adventurous textures, dubwise tendencies, and vaguely reggae-inflected rhythms are as reminiscent of the glory days of On-U Sound as anything an American jam band has ever produced. The whimsical "Wild Ones" uses layers of shimmery, distorted guitars, a pretty vocal harmony, and heavily treated drums to create something like a summit meeting between the Byrds and Adrian Sherwood; the slow, lugubrious and vaguely ominous "Hand" sounds a bit like Delta blues as produced by King Tubby and voiced by a college singer/songwriter. Of the five tracks on this EP, the first three hit the hardest; "The Head-On" suffers from weak vocals, and "Seven" is both overlong and underdeveloped. But there's more than enough here to pique one's interest.
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AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson