Label: Fat Cat Release Date: 11/05/09 Link: www.myspace.com/ourbrotherthenative Reviewing the latest album by Our Brother The Native has possibly been one of the hardest jobs I've had in quite some time. For a start the band are completely new to me (even though 'Sacred Psalms' is the third album by this Californian/Michigan based band) and secondly the depth of musical referencing is quite staggering; which see easily rivals the likes of Dan Deacon and Animal Collective for electisism. Even with those two factors weighing down on my shoulders like the heavens on Atlas I can safely say that this is one of the most refreshing listens I've had this year. If a Zelda like Triforce was present in a night out then Dan Deacon would be the party, Animal Collective would be the drug and Our Brother The Native would be the journey home. The band, which has a Postal Service style functionality (Joshua Bertram and Chaz Knapp exchange song ideas from their respective homes in California and Michigan) also have a very spiritual quality to them. Listening to Sacred Psalms is like discovering a hidden tape in an abandoned temple. It's both uplifting ('All Grown') and dark (, with the empahsis on personal reflection in both cases. A lot of people showcase their eclectic sensabilities without a shred of musical integrity or end product but Our Brother The Native are different. They mix together freak-folk, noise and their eastern influences to produce music that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Right, I'm off to check out their back catalogue. Rating: 8/10