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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Oakland, California psychedelic/space rock band includes influences from Afrobeat and Krautrock.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
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  1. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    They create fresh sonic collages that reference past epochs rather than erect shrines to exalt them. [No. 101, p.57]
  2. Aug 8, 2013
    70
    The High Frontier is a vibrant and thoughtful album that avoids the trap of naff that this genre can so easily fall into. If I have one gripe, it’s that it sometimes sounds too much like music made 200 light years out from Earth on a journey without any specific destination, neither capturing the thrill of first ignition or the discovery of exotic new worlds.
  3. Aug 8, 2013
    70
    It's hypnotic and mind-altering, like a fruitful collision between Boredoms, Neu! and the Grateful Dead. [Jul 2013, p.78]
  4. 60
    Languid and drone-heavy, The High Frontier is for the star-gazers that don’t get tired of looking up and wondering what’s out there, as opposed to going out and seeing what’s there for themselves.
  5. 50
    Despite all of its 33 minutes being recorded in a home built studio that also doubles as a brewery, there’s little to suggest anything particularly wacky rubbed off on the sound.