It's been some time since I've heard a jangly psych-pop band that didn't make me wanna break stuff, so Nassau clearly have an edge on the paisley pack's typical drone-happy dullards. There's nothing particularly astonishing or even flashy about Nassau's self-titled debut, which tends toward the darker end of the psych spectrum - they simply do a better job of internalizing their influences. In the process, they've preserved that crucial sense of mystery, creating an effects-heavy retro sound that doesn't come off as horribly dated. The unusual arrangement tweaks also keep things interesting, and it doesn't hurt that they can actually play their instruments. Nice one. Nassau throw a CD release party with the Two Koreas and Permafrown at the Rivoli Saturday (September 18).