Despite being direct heirs of folk-rockers extraordinaires The Byrds in their laid-back West Coastness, Allah-Las always seem more detached from the vicissitudes of the real world than their pioneering ancestors. Their music is about letting go and being beautiful. Their songs soundtrack the act of embracing what is given to you as if it were the most precious treasure in the world.

Allah-Las release albums that you want to take home and cuddle in bed with. They are sweet, uplifting, and as nourishing as the best comfort food you can think of. Calico Review appears two years after the band's successful sophomore LP Worship The Sun, which was also released in September. Coincidentally (or not) they are both late-summer albums, for they carry a similar transversal vibe that echoes warm sunsets on deserted beaches and goodbyes to summer loves, soundtracking crop season and chillier nights.

Forever mixing languid melodies with more energetic tunes, Calico Review sounds almost like Worship The Sun part 2. The LP showcases an obvious evolution within the band's sound, but maintains a conceptual coherence that is shown both in the duration of the tracks (which never run over four minutes, often staying under the 3-minute mark) and in the way they unfold without suffocating. 'Famous Phone Figure', 'Strange Heat', and 'Autumn Dawn' are perfect examples of the veil-like quality that Allah-Las' songs have, protecting you from the outside world like an invisible aura, and letting you inhabit them for as long as you want.

The only faux-pas one can pinpoint is the album's apparent lack of straightforward direction. It doesn't prevent the tracks from shining like gold in all their individual glory, nor the background pleasantly changing every now and again to avoid an unwanted trance ('Terra Ignota' is a refreshing example of these variations), but it sometimes makes you wonder if the album would benefit from a different kind of cohesion.

Calico Review is as enjoyable and feel-good as one expects an Allah-Las album to be, and once again underlines their pertinence as a band of their time, in opposition to a mere revisitation of the psych-folk golden era. The instrumental experimentation is spot-on, not imposing itself too much on the melodies nor serving as a vehicle for virtuosity; they sound solid and everlasting, yet serene enough to know how to take their music to the next level.