Ganglians Still Living

Ganglians Still Living
Just two years ago, these beardy Sacramentans were signed to Woodsist and released two LPs of sunburnt psychedelia. The only change since then is their label, which is now Lefse (Neon Indian, How To Dress Well). Produced by Robby Moncrieff (who previously worked on the Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca), third album Still Living benefits from a little more clarity in fidelity, though there's still plenty of reverb filling the band's oft-expansive sound. The harmonies are still their bread and butter, as demonstrated on the freewheeling "Good Times," where they evoke the thought of the Bunnymen gone surfing. Single "Jungle" could have easily been a laidback garage jam, with its heavy strumming and foggy reverb, but the melody and arrangement are oddly reminiscent of Fleet Foxes. At times, Still Living nears normalcy, but avoids it thanks to curveballs like "Things to Know," a barmy little funk number led by the oscillating, giggly vocals of frontman Ryan Grubbs. Unfortunately, Still Living is just too long. With a running time of 56 minutes, it begins to drag before it ends, which is a shame because someone without patience could miss the breezy "California Cousins." (Lefse)