Editors’ Notes Strings and piano may not be foremost in the minds of Sic Alps' fans when they think of the band's rough-hewn psychedelia, but Sic Alps works those instruments into a few songs so naturally you'd think that the group had always had a little baroque blood. Sic Alps are definitely honing their late-'60s psychedelia into works that are more tangible and cohesive, but they're also adding textures and sounds that only help color and define their core vision, and it's a great step forward. The languorous guitar riff on "God Bless Her, I Miss Her" could have come from a Velvet Underground tape scrap, and the Syd Barrett–isms in the wobbling, acoustic "Wake Up It's Over II" are enchanting. "Lazee Son" feels like a Haight Street stoop hoedown on a foggy 1969 Sunday afternoon. But those things are almost to be expected from Sic Alps (and we won't shortchange the group; the vintage psych vibe here is awesome). But the Beatles-esque strings on "Glyphs," the piano-and-beach atmospherics of "See You on the Slopes," and the baroque-pop whisper of "Rock Races" are the real eyebrow-raisers here. Sic Alps is a grand, masterfully balanced step in the band's evolution. 

SONG
Glyphs
1
3:32
 
God Bless Her, I Miss Her
2
3:36
 
Lazee Son
3
1:54
 
Polka Vat
4
2:15
 
Wake Up, It's Over II
5
3:32
 
Drink Up!
6
2:50
 
Thylacine Man
7
3:01
 
Moviehead
8
2:54
 
Rock Races
9
5:07
 
See You on the Slopes
10
4:30
 

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