Formed just over a year ago Wax Colour have spent time honing their live performance craft, securing an ever expanding circuit and earlier in the month revealed their début LP – DIY EP, to the delight of those of us who have not had the opportunity to see them thus far, which is available on bandcamp. Those of longer stay will often spot the anomaly of me calling a release an LP whilst the band call it an EP – which comes about that having been brought up in the age of Vinyl I still refer to anything with up to three tracks as a Single, anything with four of five tracks an EP and anymore than that an LP – making the nine tracks on DIY EP – an LP. Moving swiftly on…
… Wax Colour deliver music which predominately has a psychedelic tinge to it as muzzled guitars flow through the room in a drifting haze, with a dreamy electronic hum floating in and out of focus while quiet percussion / bass combinations tether the tracks to the ground as the listless vocal rounds out the highly engaging compositions. Though that doesn’t mean Wax Colour can’t hurry things along as other pieces are more driven indie-dance pieces, albeit still masked behind a hazy voile.
By way of an introduction – counter-intuitively – a live video of the third track on the album – Runaway Baby.
The US sorrowful-folk creator Brady Toops from the USA will be releasing the LP Tried & True on the 11th of March.
Having had the opportunity to take a gander at the roughly forty minute, ten track, album my only advice is to ensure you have plenty of handkerchiefs to hand to wipe away the tears as the mournful soul-blues drifts across the room with a semi-baritone vocal laying alongside dour instrumentation giving the Tried & True LP its deep emotional resonance.
Surfacing in advance of the release – the opening number Carolina.