FakeJazz.com, Feb 2001 Abunai! ROUND-WOUND Rating: 10/12 Some of psychedelia's most enduring opuses were pieced together from tapes of rehearsals and live recordings. Consider the Grateful Dead's Anthem of the Sun, Agitation Free's colossal Malesch, The Faust Tapes, or the numerous volumes crafted from Amon D||l I's Psychedelic Underground sessions. Since the band evolved from jam sessions featuring members of Boston's psychedelic-rock elite, it's only fitting that Abunai! (that's anime-speak for "look out!") should turn to the tapes for its third album. Round Wound is a collage of studio jams, in which the band's threads - Kris Thompson's Hawkind-styled synths, Joe Turner's driven drumming, Dan Parmenter's Funkadelic basslines, and Brendan Quinn's impressive assortment of acid-stained, Eastern, and folk-wise guitars - are woven into one most excellent whole. Tracks crisscross every which way, with instruments layered over, under, and upside one another for maximum density. Each track stands as a testament to tapecraft. Riffs are swallowed and skewed by vortical keyboards and spit out of labyrinthine wormholes. Golden skeins are spun from discarded ideas. While individual tracks often pass in the space of several blinks, "Drowning in Light" pulses and shudders like a dark star collapsing at the album's center, issuing a thousand psychotropic variations on a vaguely "Paint it Black"-like theme from its black-hole heart. "Motorcycle Boots" and "Electric Reynolds" also spin off enough garage riffs and fantastical keyboard flights to be secondary nuclei. In truth, each of the 21 tracks is both generated and generator, adding to the galaxies of debris incorporated into Round Wound's kaleidoscopic cut-and-paste trip. It' s a wonder that the plastic packaging, cleverly designed to resemble a packet of guitar strings, can hold it all in.