Des Moines went through something of an explosion in lo-fi retro garage-rock a few years back. The three most notable acts to come of it, in my opinion, were Person Whale, Goldblums, and The Vahnevants. Of these, the only one still regularly active to my knowledge, The Vahnevants, took the most laid-back approach in terrms of tempos and sonics. My personal description of their music is something like what it might have sounded like if Iggy had stuck closer to the blues and mellowed out.
Arguably The Vahnevants really came into their own with last year’s Freakout People LP, and this is a fine follow-up. The highly accessible opening/title track provides a killer starting point, its playful application of tape-sample seasoning hinting at the direction the album generally moves in from there on, culminating in the side-long collage of found-sound and song-fragments “West… Towards the Arroyos”, the most overtly experimental thing The Vahnevants have done so far and a real treat worth giving a chance even if you’re not sure how you feel about weird psychedelic experimentation. Things can indeed get better if we could get stoned together, especially if we put this album on.