Putting the jam band DIY mentality to good use, this unique collection of artists and musicians has become one of the country‘s most intriguing, innovative outfits around. Known for kaleidoscopic, Buddhist-influenced hallucinogenic sound tapestries (think Sigur Rós on mushrooms), Artifact, on their own indie label, features their more melodic aspects. The interplay between tasteful, jazzy rhythms, sparse piano and guitar work, occasional vocals (“Better Day”) and spaced-out innerspace musings (“Tokyo”) is a cut above most groove-based jam bands‘ studio work. Budding masters of many trades, Artifact is a worthwhile relic for future reference.