Album Review: Conduits

By Tom Charles 4.5 Nancies

TOP TRACK: "THE WONDER" BOTTOM TRACK: "ON THE DAY" As it progresses, Conduits’ eponymous debut album gains steam in an unassuming manner. After the hard-hitting psychedelic intro, “Top Of The Hill,” the band quickly lulls into a hazy hybrid, fusing the best elements of dream pop and shoegaze—a sound captured best on “The Wonder.” Each riff during the song’s mesmerizing guitar duel slips you deeper under Conduits’ hypnotic spell, trapping you in a trance until the silence following the final synth loop whisks you back to reality. Conduits seems to transcend the typical parameters of time; as in a dream, a single song lasts an eternity.