Formed around Grace Cooper, Heidi Alexander and Roxy Brodeur, The Sandwitches return with their sophomore album, Mrs. Jones' Cookies. After Gorilla vs. Bear last year hailed The Sandwitches, on the back of their debut album How to make Ambient Sadcake, as one of the best bands of the year that no one seemed to be talking about, there was a small, yet concentrated amount of pressure on this psych-rock trio.

The record begins with 'In The Garden', a track with a dark and progressive feel, full of guitar reverb and loose percussion. However it is Cooper and Alexander's yelped vocals that provide the best introduction to a record that deals its fair share of the surreal. 'Summer Love' follows with a slightly more uplifted feel by employing typical 60's pop guitars, and once again Cooper's and Alexander's vocals provide the key character of the track by moving through complimenting octaves of harmonies. 'Black Rider' slows proceedings down with a brief return to the darker edge the listener had been accustomed to with 'In The Garden', and in many ways providing the ideal easy listening experience. 'My Heart Does Swell' ventures down a country feel, with an interesting mix of contemporary bass and rag time piano thoroughly engaging the listener.

Approaching the half way mark of the album, I'm not sure I'm totally sold on The Sandwitches sound. As I have already mentioned, the first four tracks of the record are certainly all interesting and well composed, however it feels that each track is simply a slight variation off a prescribed template of sound. 'Heaviest Head in the West' goes someway in proving my initial thoughts wrong as the distortion of Cooper and Alexander's vocals, combined with far edgier and driven instrumentals, reinvigorate the record. However 'Lightfoot' returns to the original guitar structure that began the album and the vocals are incessantly high pitched, which will either provoke a level of disdain in a listener, or lead them to believe they've found another track to add to their summer playlist.

'Over the Moon' stands out as one of the strongest tracks of the record, impassioned with a sense of surreal power and the return of the reverb guitar to great effect. 'Miracle Me' and 'Joe Says' lead the final charge of the record, both stripped back efforts that build a slow climax to the near seven minute epic finale of 'Heavy Times', a track that captures, and showcases, all the subtle, surreal, and beautiful qualities of The Sandwitches sound. In many ways Mrs. Jones' Cookies is a good sophomore release by The Sandwitches, with some sublime moments that will engage every listener. However this is let down by periods of prescriptive sound that can cause a disappointing level of mundanity.

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