Pete International Airport: Safer With Wolves (A Recordings/Southbound)

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Pete International Airport: Safer With Wolves (A Recordings/Southbound)

The “Pete” here is singer/guitarist/bassist Peter Holmstrom, co-founder of the Dandy Warhols who takes his nom-de-disque from an old Dandy's track (on their '96 album The Dandy Warhols Come Down) and it appears on the A Recordings label out of Berlin run by Brian Jonestown Massacre's enormously prolific Anton Newcombe.

Like some of Newcombe's work in recent years, much of this errs towards dreamy psychedelic pop (without as many of Newcombe's world music influences) and comes with a roll-call of guests from bands like the Shins, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Levon Been (on the tripped-out groove of the delicious Flowers of Evil etc).

Released at the tail end of last year, it is hardly surprising it all but disappeared (here it was just another in a pile) but if stoned, loping dream-pop is your tipple then this beautifully crafted, multi-layered outing is enticing for its mysteriousness (VHS or Beta Fish anyone?), old school tropes (backward tapes and allusions to Indo-rock of the late Sixties (Love in Reverse, sitar and drones on the head-nod momentum of Western Shouting) and widescreen psychedelics.

With each of the 11 songs having an average running time of five and half minutes, there is enough deep immersion but nothing outstays its welcome either.

Not essential, but a very pleasant and grin-inducing diversion at this warm time of year.

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