When I found out about this collaboration between Columbus, OH multi-disciplinarian Mike Shiflet and Rhode Island's finest guitar snake-charmer John Kolodji (High Aura'd) it was like the veil split and I got a fist-bump from god. In our little corner of the universe collaborations like this are massive and it is even more affirming when a piece of music delivers on every promise made. First, the cover. A non-musical aspect of ephemera that adds to the listening experience in so many ways. This is the image I immediately jump to whenever I hear about opium dens. The music that follows tracks lucid, reality-augmenting stimulus like any good (or socially corrupting) drug. The twin-guitar explorations carve out space for delicate passages over the faint roar of reverb and distortion on "Covered Bridge" and passages on "Demon Haunted World" counter noisy, full-throttle dives into troubled seas of heaving and serrated drones on "Still Life with Wound". The video for the album opener "Parlour Games", was shot by Mike Shiflet, and depicts the relationship between two women set to September's last grasp at summer idyll before settling into winter's temporary death. Shiflet's color saturation gives the short film a distinctly drawn-in effect, reminiscent of the silent films that "Parlour Games" pays homage to. The result is a completely rejuvenating, renewing effect on the piece of music. Against the backdrop fo the subtle cream color palate and the blown-out, yet mysteriously subtle greens, the washes of feedback seem to recede and the delicate melodies that Shiflet and Kolodji weave around each other immediately jump to the foreground. This is some required 2015 listening.