Wand: Laughing Matter
Album: Laughing Matter
Genre: #alternative #alt
Sub-Genres: #psychedelicrock #psychedelica
Label: Drag City Inc.
Non-Airable Tracks: N/A
As someone who doesn't listen to much psychedelic music (shocking considering my other reviews, I know), I wasn't expecting to like Laughing Matter as much as I did. Wand, a band that's been in the business of garage and psychedelic rock since 2013, delivers an ethereal and existential listening experience best suited for those days when you're ignoring work, staring out a window and thinking about the meaning of our existence...or for when you just want a relatively calm background track that's still an interesting listen.
Laughing Matter shows off a range of Wand's skills, from songs closer to traditional (Jennifer's Gone) to the more experimental (Airplane). Personally, I found that I enjoyed the strong drums of Scarecrow and the soft feel of Rio Grande the most out of the album, but for the most part I could find something I liked hearing in just about every song. Of course, with anything out of the psychedelic genre, personal taste is a major factor: if you don't like the genre, you won't like this album (for example, I don't tend to like longer songs, so the almost 10-minute Airplane wasn't for me). However, if you do, or even if you're just curious, I'd give it a listen. The album is an emotional and peaceful experience that I would recommend.
Reviewer’s Name: Vio Stavropoulos
Date of Review: 12/11/2021