Nicking the melody from Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” for lead-off track “Weather Report” is a sure way to grab a listener’s attention. What follows is mellow, 3 o’clock-in-the-morning music, spiked with a shotful of trance. The Golden Band moves at a devil-may-care snail’s pace through a collection of tunes that are best enjoyed with the lights off and eyes closed. The style shifts are subtle, moving from pop to jazz, with a greater diversity of instrumentation than they’ve ever shown before and ambitious four-part piece “New Drifters” to boot. However, one senses the band fighting against their patented formula. It’s a pleasant listen, but methinks one of Austin’s finest is capable of even better.
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