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***NATE YOUNG and JOHN OLSON (perhaps you’ve heard of WOLF EYES?) wield the ethereal meditative power leftover from The Velvet Underground’s Sweet Sister Ray epic bootleg. Their melodious, somnolent grievance leaves the listener to feast on a curiously endless and internal banquet. Young snarls and writhes in irritated, spiraling pronouncements that trail off in regretful, pained fashion, producing the same eventual something-isn’t-right that The Velvet Underground secured, but set aside to allow the Michigan basement bluesmen to borrow. Young’s virgin performance on bass proves suiting, as his sparse yet stable meanderings are the backbone to a jam lost in the arcane. At times the bass lines seem to be counting off the seconds until an eventual meltdown. Meanwhile, Olson wanders off on woodwinds, seemingly tangled in wavelengths, letting his own sounds guide him through a brassy and chilling darkness. He follows scales—Indian scales, blues scales—and lets the spiraling mania of the VU-inspired lose-all jam blossom into a soundtrack for a secret think tank whose sole purpose is to maintain a shadowed fire.