It seems like forever since I’ve been waiting to get my grubby lil mits and ears on to this record – seemingly ever since I even heard it was going to exist, I’ve longed to have and to hold it – for as soon as I had heard my very first recordings of this Wellington troupe, it was in my heart that they were to be the most perfectly named band to grace my CD shelves – in that they truly are what it says on the spine.
Opening with a mammoth sounding title track – equal parts thunder and shimmer – this is no easy alchemy to combine such disparate elements so seamlessly. Astronomy and High Life continue in this grand contrast; the sound of worlds colliding and flowers blooming – simultaneously.
Out of The Blue provides a momentary reprise; to regain breath removed from the dreamy onslaught of the first three songs; but it’s respite thou shalt not want as you tumble into the glorious cacophonic-harmonies of Sooner And Later which, as title might suggest, if played at precisely the right volume possesses, the potential to actually rip time apart. The Golden Awesome understand flow to perfection though, soothing your gloriously strewed carcass immediately with the wash of Ruby through to The Waves.
Closing, aptly, with A Thousand Nights And One Night – to me, this albums, brings multiplicity and singularity into a simultaneous focus. When it thunders to a close, you know that you have really, really, really heard it. Every time.’
- review by Andrew Tidball