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Night Moves perfects its timelessly surreal psych-rock

If 20 years from now you picked up “Colored Emotions,” the debut by the Minneapolis trio Night Moves, you’d be hard-pressed to guess its release date. The album, which spins in an orbit of twangy guitars, dreamy strings, trippy vocals, and lush harmonies, sounds both old and new. It could have been a long-lost classic of the late 1960s or just another album you missed in 2012.

Even harder to nail down are its stylistic cues. It’s the rare album whose influences you can’t easily pinpoint. Some critics have decided it’s cosmic country (Gram Parsons by way of MGMT, perhaps), while others have declared it a psychedelic-rock gem. To these ears, there are also echoes of the Beach Boys’ surreal ’70s records.

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