Friday, May 11, 2012

Warm in the Wake

Add Date: May 8 

Artist: Warm in the Wake 

Album: Night Wounds 

Label: Beta Cloud 

Genre: Rock, pop 

Comments: Let's start with a list of artists that Warm in the Wake has been compared to: Teenage Fanclub, The Beatles, Eels, Wilco, Neil Young, The Smiths, Midlake, The National, XTC, Bob Dylan and Brian Eno. And that's just a start. That's lots and lots of high praise, to be sure; now that I've set impossibly high expectations for Night Wounds, the Alabama band's fourth LP, I'll say this: there's an awful lot going on with this impressive pop record.

Elements of '60s pop, '80s alternative, '60 and '70s folk, '90s power pop and more all flow through the album, which mixes acoustic and electric guitars with synths and percussion to create a very smooth sound. Out of all the fine bands listed above, I'd single out three that come to mind when listening to Night Wounds: the melodic pop of latter-day Teenage Fanclub, the folk-tinged rock of Wilco and the off-kilter pop of Mark Everett's band Eels.

Start with tracks 9, 1, 5, 4 and 2.

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