Helmed by Greg Fox — a busy fellow who also drums in Teeth Mountain, Liturgy, Dan Deacon Ensemble, and Man Forever (Kid Millions/Oneida) and plays solo as GDFX — Guardian Alien follow the road to enlightenment previously trod by the likes of Hawkwind and other space adventurers. If we’re going to make alien contact, what’s going to get their attention more, anyway? A 5-note ditty played on a xylophone or an 18-minute trance epic of guitars, synths, drums, and caterwauling vocals?

“And when the band hit full strength in those single chords, Mr. Fox’s drumming was mesmerizing as usual, the rapid beats changing shape with pronounced and uneven kick-drum patterns, which Mr. Winograd redoubled with bass notes. There were four serious crescendos over about an hour; when Mr. Williams’s repeated melodies dug in, the drumming became a thudding whirl with a flexible pulse, and Ms. Drewchin’s singing sounded completely impulsive, unprogrammed, free.” – The New York Times