A ganglion is a cluster of nerve cells. "Ganglion Reef" is the title of the debut album from the Los Angeles band Wand. If that makes you expect some sensory overload, you’d be right.
The quartet brings spirit, style and appealing pop sensibilities to the world of fuzzed-out, DIY psychedelia. But it also brings wit and whimsy, as the song titles “Flying Golem” and “Strange Inertia (Cntl Alt Death)” make plain. Throughout this album, the band is as equally inclined to poke fun at its chosen genre as it is to embrace it.
But of course if “Strange Inertia”and “Flying Golem” were only whimsy, they wouldn’t, well, fly. The thing is, these are good songs. Wand may joke, but this is no joke act. And the band does embrace the genre: Right from the start, with the album’s opening song “Send/Receive (Mind),” Wand firmly sets the controls for the heart of the sun.
Listen to "Flying Golem":