For a band whose music sounds so inately laid-back, Sacramento’s psychedelic folk wizards Ganglians are certainly hard grafters; Still Living, just released on Souterrain Transmissions in Europe and Lefse in the States, is their third album (and an hour-long double-LP at that) in the space of two years, hinting at a work ethic that would put most mixtape rappers to shame. But even more impressive than their prolificacy is their consistency, and tracks here like “Jungle” and “Drop The Act” maintain the quality control standards established on 2009’s self-titled debut (technically an E.P., albeit an album-length one) and Monster Head Room. There’s a new edge to the group’s sound too, thanks to producer Robby Moncrief who adds the same art-pop sheen as he did to the Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca; whereas previously the band’s jangling guitars and skyscraping harmonies earned them comparisons to Grizzly Bear and the Beach Boys, the thick synths and reverb-drenched vocals here recall Animal Collective at their most accessible, whilst there’s an whiff of C86 indie-pop about the suger-rush melodies and occasionally racy rhythms.
Listen: “Drop The Act” http://soundcloud.com/souterraintransmissions/01-ganglians-still-living-call
Still Living is out now on Souterrain Transmissions/ Lefse