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The Wands

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There’s a reason that the spirit of ’60s and ’70s psychedelia is alive and well across multiple contemporary music scenes today. It’s music that’s practically unparalleled not only for its embodiment of freedom and youth, yet also for its painstaking attention to a musician’s craftsmanship and skill. Perhaps this is why The Wands are often called revivalists: they seamlessly project the infectious spirit of the ’60s and ’70s through undeniable mastery and innovation as musicians.

The Wands are a Danish duo composed of lifelong friends, Christian Skibdal and Mads Gräs. The Danish part is more than just a marker of their national identites: it’s an indication of the unique niche they’ve carved out for themselves within the Scandinavian psych scene. In this scene, you have neo-psych bands, and then you have The Wands—a band that isn’t neo-psych as much as it is truly psychedelic, precisely in the way it was meant to be in the ’60s and ’70s. This organic embodiment lies in The Wands’ ability to simulatenously conjure acidy, hazy soundscapes and straight up classic rock ’n roll; in their ability to strike a balance between joyful lightheartedness of sound and utmost commitment to musical innovation; and in their music that swells with sound exhiliratingly rich and expansive, yet also highlights the distinct authenticity and human quality of the vocals and the instruments. The Wands truly embody the essence of psych music because they don’t just stick to one brand of it: they aren’t afraid to expand their sound along with their minds, and continue building their skill as musicians while they’re at it.

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