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Largely released digitally, this latest full-length from Sandusky includes different artwork for each song when played on the computer. "A Prayer for the Unification of Bootgazers" opens the album as a statement of purpose: Much of the album's material is post-rock, yet it manages to be genuinely haunting rather than merely coming off as a self-indulgent display of minimalist musicianship. On "Steam Engine Ways" and "No Good Horse," the sonic imagery captures the sense of the high plains without waxing into the territory of Americana. Samples weave between melodies like ghosts of recontextualized sound, adding to a sense of the otherworldly. Mostly, though, these songs capture the melancholic introspection that serves as an undercurrent to most of the best music ever to come out of Denver.

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