Swept up in psychedelic-laced Americana, the trio leaves punked-up indie-prog in the past. "Young Forever" launches the disc with a thudding beat that evokes a beating heart, stomping boots, and axes chopping down a tree. "Bubble Bath of Sharks!!!" gallops toward the sunset, chasing a jangling guitar. In "Ghost Bought a Bicycle," bluesy notes float over a slow, heavy beat, while a nasal Finley laments a departed obsession. Houseguest's Gabe Schray stops by for a short, glistening sax solo that would do Charles Tolliver proud. While plenty of groups are discovering this kind of music, few execute it as well as Beaten Awake.
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