Makeshift Parachutes ’ EP lures listeners into an ambient and surreal dream world with its spellbinding creative expression. Songwriters Sharif O’Connor (guitar/keys) and Daniel O’Connor (bass/vocals) along with drummer Arthur Brewer and Chris McCollum (vocals/guitar), deliver a wealth of layers, vibrations and textures in their innovative sound combinations. Their musical compositions are both honest and refreshing, McCollum’s saintly vocals polishing the album’s poetic lyrics to a T. The time and effort put into creating ‘Mr. Happy’ is evident with its personalised and distinctive indie rock flavour. Although short, the five-track, 21-minute bohemian rhapsody has no shortage of psychedelic waves or lengthy instrumental interludes. The skill of being able to entice and captivate its listeners into another realm is impressive. With track names like The Bug, William Tell All/Poor William, Honey Bee, Golden Weak and Mr. Happy, there are no promises that you will understand what these tracks are about, but the highlight comes when you realise that you love it regardless. This Auckland-based, foursome should easily be on your list of bands to see live in the new year.