Obviously PSYCHIC BLOOD have done a considerable amount of research into late '80s guitar driven alternative rock since their first demo Leaves. On Autumn Curses, they dive headfirst into shoegazing walls of jangling guitars and more than enough SONIC YOUTH worship to last through that band's entire pre-Geffen output. Two of the tunes from Leaves appear on this tape as well: "Annihilator" is even more perfect than it was the first time and "Daydream" is shorter but more urgent in this incarnation. "Tuff Luck" is like Kevin Shields attempting to write hardcore, and "War Paint" is PSYCHIC BLOOD actually writing hardcore, primal and weird. The presentation is once again distant and the band seems impossible to reach, but though they wear their influences plainly on their sleeves they always sound comfortable and independent. I liked it the first time around, but this effort is approaching utter brilliance.