Wand, “1000 Days”

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1000 Days
DRAG CITY
7/10

Wand is a group on the rise that has often been compared to Tame Impala, Ty Segall, and other heavyweights in the ever-growing garage-psych scene. While the comparisons are flattering (and not without merit), the Los Angeles–based group doesn’t need them. Wand stands tall with its unique take on fuzz-driven, dreamy rock music, as it’s made manifest through their prolific run of albums. Throughout 1000 Days, the trio’s third LP in sixteen months,, drums hit like a charging stampede of elephants (“Little Dream”) and heavy guitar licks punch through lush walls of sound (“Morning Rainbow”). But it’s not all hard edges and rapid-fire instrumentation—frontman Cory Hanson’s vocals weave through 1000 Days’ melodies, adding a sense of whimsy to the album’s twelve tracks. Even on the slower ballads like “Passage of the Dream,” riffs float among background noise and twisted reverb. This is a lay-down-and-stare-at-the-ceiling kind of record, one that should be put on repeat during a lazy afternoon spent day-dreaming about past California summer sunsets.

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