Oh Wand, I love you so much. Wand’s previous album, Golem, is sludgy, wizard-y, gloomy, fuzzy garage rock that immediately gets you hooked. They’re also best buds with Ty Segall, so it’s easy to see the influences between the two. 1000 Days, however, takes more of a softer turn in the gigantic realm that is garage, fuzz rock. While songs like “Dungeon Dropper” and “Sleepy Dog” have heavy guitar riffs, there are much more electronic and folk-influenced sounds, like on “Stolen Footsteps” and “1000 Days.”
In general, there is a lot of experimentation that doesn’t get too egotistical or sound like they’re screwing around just to play with fancy synths. I think it’s respectable that Wand can dramatically change their sound while still sounding cohesive with the rest of their discography. It’s a toss up as to which Wand album, Golem or 1000 Days, is going to end up in my top five albums of the year because they’re both so good in different ways. Basically, play everything on this album all the time, forever.
Recommended If You Like: Ty Segall, Meatbodies, Fuzz, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Recommended Tracks: 4 (Dungeon Dropper), 8 (Sleepy Dog), 6 (1000 Days), 1 (Grave Robber)
Do Not Play: None
Written by Caroline Roe on 11/02/15