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Horns of Happiness is the exuberant side project of Aaron Deer, whose work with Impossible Shapes and John Wilkes Booze might already be well known to some. Where those bands reach for the arty side of indie pop, Horns of Happiness revel in fuzzy D.I.Y. production and down-home melodic sense. Though it's technically a solo project, the Brooklyn-based Deer has no qualms about dipping into his eclectic pool of musicians/friends for his outings, and the lines between the bands blur when one looks at the album credits. His first foray with the Horns (Sea as a Shore) came out in 2004 on the Secretly Canadian imprint and made more than one critic take notice of its lo-fi sweep and warm experimentalism. Would I Find Your Psychic Guideline followed in 2006 with more warm jets of loose-knit trip-folk, this time with percussionist Shelley Harrison firmly on the band's roster. ~ J. Scott McClintock