I admire the fluidity of Traffik Island, the solo banner of Zak Olsen (Hierophants, ORB). While the first LP took on an acid-dabbled psych persona that found refuge in the debris of Syd Barrett and Skip Spence, his sophomore LP stitched together a psych-pop-sample platter that was more Peanut Butter Wolf-laced beat vignettes than laden with strums. For his upcoming album, A Shrug of the Shoulders, it seems he’s back in the arms of folk-flecked pop once more, but this time without the dope-sick warble. “All The Money In The World” has a dewiness to it — spring wound strums and dawn’s light piano with Olsen reclining into a reserved vocal that shines with an understated shimmer. Really hoping that the rest of the album falls in line with the first track, as its a damn delight. The new album, like the others, arrives on Flightless. It hits the shelves on November 19th.
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