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Étoile 3030 by High Wolf
Released: Apr 2011
Label: Not Not Fun
The Skaters, particularly cofounder James Ferraro, receive quite a lot of credit for kick-starting the hypnagogic pop movement. And rightfully so. At the same time, the Day-Glo séances of High Wolf (as well as those of fellow Not Not Fun freaks Sun Araw) owe just as much to Jaybird-era Sunburned Hand of the Man. Etoile 3030 picks up where the previously released Ascension left off. This is neo-psychedelia stripped to its shimmering essences: wah-wah, organ, drum and bass. Of course, there exists a significant amount of processing, yet it's amazing just how elemental this music really is.
Justin Farrar

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