These Wonderful Evils is the solo band of Zak Boerger. His musical stylings lie somewhere between Six Organs of Admittance, MV+EE, and a host of other psychedelic explorers traveling on the edge of loneliness and ecstasy. "Parade Room" revolves around the exceptional guitar playing of Boerger- equal parts hushed gentleness and textural roughage. Side A is made up of instrumental acoustic pieces, bits of field recordings, and moments of fuzzed out guitar walls. The whole thing seems held together by a loose thread- elements move in and out of focus and rhythms come and go, stacking on top of one another. Boerger has a keen sense for layering which really makes the record into something special and not just another instrumental guitar album.
The B side feels like a whole other beast entirely. The side-long composition takes on more of a structured psych-rock approach with vocals and rhythms phasing in and out in a dizzying array of prophetic poetry. A fuzzy riff establishes itself quickly and remains at the forefront of the composition- giving a brooding, biker-bar sensibility to the piece. The pace keeps chugging along, slowly getting stranger and stranger as bubbling layers of tremelo, overdriven guitar slashes, and backwards bass licks are added to the mix. It's a testament to Boerger's skills that he can make such a long track, primarily made up of electric guitar workouts, actually sound and feel so satisfying. It's definitely the winner of the lp, though each side has its unique merits. These Wonderful Evils proves that there is still room for another wandering soul in the seemingly crowded woods of psychedelic guitar revivalists. 9/10 -- Charles Franklin (2 September, 2009)