After hearing Vansire's bright-eyed "Star Catcher" back in February, we were intrigued as to which direction the duo, obliged by college to record from Minnesota and Ohio, would take. Would they burrow into dream-pop, or lean closer to the lo-fi hip-hop sound that the Chester Watson feature provided?
The full album dropped last week, and the answer is: a little bit of both. The pair enlist a number of impressive collaborators on Angel Youth (Deem Spencer and Jeremiah Jae among them), and the resulting tracks are warm, foggy constructions that land these two friends firmly amongst psych-rock's new guard. "Wonderland" and "Halcyon Age" are among the tracks that prove that much.