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On Landshapes' sophomore album, Heyoon, the band goes full force into the strange and dark realms that nourish the bizarre, eccentric, and ominous. Sonically, Heyoon relies on jangling guitars, fuzzed-out bass, and heavy drums, all awash in atmospherics and feedback. It's hazy, psyche-rock with a kick. Lyrically, the songs are all over the map. But that's part of the point - to explore and immerse oneself into the strange, into your art, or any artistic endeavour for that matter.

Album opener, 'Stay', bursts forth with rollicking drums, and the layered jangles of guitars. The vocals shine here. The bandmates sing a balancing act of near banshee wails in the background when the song is chugging at full force and crystalline harmonies in the more sparse, slowed down outro. The fact that the song slows to a near crawl two-thirds through the song is an indicator for what is to come. The creeping, dark, dreaminess has only just begun.

Then there is 'Moongee', one of the singles off of Heyoon. Sonicallly, it is the heaviest song on the album. The track has pulsing drums and a chugging, crunchy bass line that both slowly drags you around and gets the blood pumping. Add in the guitar layers and atmospherics full of dissonance, you almost forget the song is referencing a 17th century story by Bishop Francis Godwin about traveling wildfowl from space, "swimming around/ lunar bound".

'Ader' is their catchiest track without compromising any artistic integrity. 'Ader' has a groove that gets you up and dancing; a perfect song for those smokey warehouse shows that need a good loosening up. The song opens with screams and then breaks into a straightforward rock beat, precise guitars, and an electric organ that completes vibe. The vocals also sound the most confident. Lyrically, this song explores the failed Atlantic crossing of Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader. "And I'm too sad to tell you/ and we all die alone/...I'll take my chances." The song successfully finds that balance between upbeat feel and tragic content.

Heyoon does have its more mellow moments. 'Lone Wolf' is sparse, pairing warped sound effects with serene backing vocals. 'Red Kite' has a guitar line that is very Pink Floyd. Even thought the song has a strong build up, it doesn't go to the intensity it could have during the guitar solo.

But with any form of experimentation, there are always downfalls. While Landshapes uses this time to explore soundscapes, buildups and breakdowns, there are moments when some songs drag on. Musically, the vocals are on point. But, too often the listener must strain to catch the lyrics because words either aren't enunciated or are drowned out. And while part of this can be attributed to natural singing styles, which are sacred to any vocalist, and rightly so, there can be frustrations when listeners can't understand the words.

But never fear, Landshapes took a risk lyrically and sonically, pushing themselves to explore sounds and concepts that could have easily fallen flat. Heyoon accomplishes what many fuzzed-out, shoegaze inspired bands strive to do - create an album that is heavy, sludgy, experimental and equally precise; musical, catchy. In recent and upcoming shows, Landshapes are looking to up the ante. They are bringing the structure featured on the cover art and inside will be a phone. According to drummer, Dan Blackett, "People can go and record stories about their secret places. We've already started these mixtapes on SoundCloud, of other artists and a few recordings which we've done in the past. We're going to incorporate this idea of taking people's anecdotes or stories and working them into a playlist. They will end up on our mixtape." Exciting stuff. Especially for a band that is already succeeding in pushing itself artistically.

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