By Scott Schinder
Updated October 06, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

In their current combo Mojave 3, Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell, late of English wall-of-guitars shoegazers Slowdive, turn down the volume for a stately, spacious sound that integrates folk and country elements. The intimate, textured arrangements on Excuses for Travelers are well-suited to Halstead’s aching lyrics and melancholy vocals, giving tunes like ”In Love With a View” and ”When You’re Drifting” an air of empathy and healing. A-