Secret Machines are one of the best bands out there today. Why they have not officially broken into something massive yet bewilders me to no end. This special trio continues to grow and perfect their distinct sound with each new song they write, and yet some people still don't get it. For those that do I applaud you and can't wait to hear your thoughts on their new album, Ten Silver Drops that lands in April. The Tripwire has been lucky enough to spend some time with it and we can proudly say that it is one of the best things we have heard released this year. The stellar eight-track album lasts about 45 minutes long and is a departure from their previous work. This time around Secret Machines find themselves experimenting more with droning drums, psych-rock guitar licks and overall noise that is as big as Texas, the state they once hailed from. The album opens up with a slow grower, "Alone, Jealous And Stoned", that starts off with a Flaming Lips hum before the keys come in and Brandon Curtis' raspy understated vocals begin. Almost seven minutes later the next tune, "All At Once (It's Not Important)" flows in. More bands should make their songs flow seamlessly like this; it really creates a cohesive work of art rather than just a collection of songs. The single "Lightning Blue Eyes" is track that is closest to sounding like it came off their last LP, Now Here Is Nowhere. However none of these songs compare to "Daddy's In The Doldrums". Maybe it is the secret mega Pink Floyd fan in me, but this is the best moment on the album. I've never been on acid, nor do I plan to be, but if I were ever to do so, it would be while listening to this song. The eight and a half minute long jam leaves me wondering how on earth three people can create such massive sonic textures, beautiful harmonies and epic dream-pop/indie rock. I want to play this song on repeat...all day long, which is saying a lot considering I normally despise people who do that. You will as well when you hear it. As I stated before, Secret Machines are a very special band that continue to amaze me. Shame on you if their last album was not in your top ten list of 2004; I predict Ten Silver Drops will be in everyone's top ten for 2006.