Man, oh man, did this one do it for me! Herein lies one epic, live, 30-minute slab of dreamy, psychedelic folk to be deservedly filed amongst the ranks of Neil Young, Tim Buckley,
Alexander ?Skip? Spence and other modern masters such as Nagisa Ni Te and Current 93.
Even fans of acts like Low and Bedhead will attach themselves to the wistful heaviness that inundates this glorious piece of avant-folk perfection. Man, oh man!! This is so good, I get turned on just thinking about it.
?Penetration Initials? sounds a lot like the band?s name itself. Gentle and inviting. Pure and nurturing. There is an economy of perfect guitars, breezes of synth, and minimalist, empathetic drumming. This is a symphony of delicate, harmonious impressionism. And kudos to these guys for sculpting such a compelling arrangement.
It works much in the way that Neil Young or Nagisa Ni Te works, strung together with complex, unfolding movements that organically ebb and flow in intensity. It took me a few spins to see how it all related, but from the first listen, I was enthralled by the thoughtful, guitar-spiked transitional passages that reminded me of Jim O?Rourke?s ?Eureka?. The result isn?t necessarily the same as Jim?s work, but the means aren?t unalike, in the way that the track constantly refreshes and reinvents itself. In fact, the overall orchestration even reminds one of Gastr Del Sol?s very finest. Classy, I tell you.
?Penetration Initials? might be the ?Stairway to Heaven? for an entire genre. It gets better every time I hear it. From the very first notes played, this piece of music really does carry a sense of the Divine; it?s so lovingly delivered and coaxed into being. The players themselves sound as though they?re acting as but midwives, guiding into the world a Chosen One, or something of that nature. STEAL a copy if you must! 9/10 -- Travis Johnson (27 June, 2006)