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This Way North’s new EP is short but packed with variety.

Rhythms and instruments envelope each other and recede with the regularity of the tide, bouncing continually along. Relaxed vocals carry the melody crossing and riding the cornucopia of rhythms rolling behind it.

Generally up lifting and perky, the combination of the soothing voice across the building rhythms is easy to listen to and even easier for the conscious mind to fall away, leaving reality for another less complicated world. Its constant tone and even-handed changes allow the listener to suspend thought, instead leaning into the music and the brainwaves it creates.

Alas the vacation is brief, a mere six songs of reverie later listeners find themselves back in the physical world. Once more round the brain, the listener can retreat from anything but uninformed feeling.

★★1/2