VOICEsVOICEs’ new EP, Origins, finds Jenean Farris and Nico Turner setting a high bar for headtrip music in 2010. I played their debut EP, Sounds Outside—all ambient electro-psych soundscapes—in 2009 more than anything else. The masked dual vocal moans and chants and the furious beats and distortions add up to an aggressively beautiful sound that’s both calming and exciting at the same time. The new EP builds spectacularly from the blueprint of the first, with the addition of Prefuse 73′s production, a year of growing confidence and a bunch of new toys. The new songs are full and lush with a near-orchestral feel. “Flulyk Visions” opens the EP, adding the band’s signature beats to what sounds like French horn in the deep background—resulting in a seemingly paradoxical blend of ambient beauty and electronic chaos. I still have no idea what they’re actually singing about, but when I lay down and listen to VOICEsVOICEs’ songs, they take me to a transcendental place. “Out From Under” is the closest they’ve ever come to recording a traditional song and it is a huge leap musically—an electronic symphony with angelic vocals. It reminds me of my flying dreams. The production is extremely clean, and the raising of Farris and Turner’s dual vocals enhances the overall sound. There’s a real good chance that I will play this release more than any other in 2010. I can’t wait to see which direction the band takes its sound next.