Davey Wrathgaber is a member of the Athens, Georgia, pop powerhouse the Elephant 6, a collective of bands that includes Apples in Stereo, Elf Power, Of Montreal and Neutral Milk Hotel. Wrathgaber enlists friends from these bands to play with him in the Visitations, and although hyped as psych folk, the band is not so much psychedelic as it is comfortably schizophrenic. Its new album, The Conundrum Tree, is multifaceted and diverse; songs like "Fresh Dog" perfectly mix "We Got the Beat" with "Sister Ray," while "Bony Maurine" reflects the ringing regional sound so clearly that it sounds like Mike freakin' Mills actually sings it. Apparently, Wrathgaber's talent lies in tweaking the delicious Athens recipe and baking something that tastes a little less sweet — and a lot more dreamy.
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