Of as much interest in following the careers of a band is following the career of a musician and Social Arcadia is a case in point.
Social Arcadia – Let Me Go – artwork
Back in January I introduced Wolf Hut – now history (such is the nature of many of the bands you will find on here and why the site exists – to capture those moments of illumination) – Joshua Garcia packed away his bass, took up an extra two strings and we find ourselves with Social Arcadia and a début single which came out a couple of days ago.
Let Me Go is a prosaic construct, in the one hand preppy pop, in the other a depth of emotional conflict and whilst easy to dismiss as yet another ‘pop song for the radio’ in taking time to investigate further the listener is given reason to consider it in more detail as the nu-gaze influences allows the track to envelop the ears in echoey mistrals as a sonorous percussion is allowed run-out to finesse a bridging rock temprament and here the music comes alive.
This is a release that piques the interest, rather than satiates the soul and additional material will ascertain the direction of travel for Social Arcadia. It is of no shock, that I mention – I prefer the more exploratory intervals in Let Me Go.
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Let Me Go is available on Bandcamp.
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Wolf Hut from St. Paul in the USA is the nugaze outfit of Zeke Erickson (Vocals / Guitar / Keys), Collin Johnson (Guitar / Drums / Vocals), Joshua Garcia (Bass / Vocals) and Jake Dixon (Drums).
Wolf Hut is a band to which I can relate, not necessarily for the core style rather, for the fact that although they were only formed in 2013, there is already a five track EP available – The World & US. I often hear independent musicians lamenting that it is so difficult to get their music heard, conversely, as a music reviewer I find it hard with many bands to find any music to hear other than by spending five to ten minutes following an ever more confusing set of links.
The fluid viscosity of the compositions smear the floor in slipperiness as Wolf Hut merge the various sonics into a continuum, which makes the vocal even more stark than would have been otherwise possible as the band consider thoughts of existential philosophy. Of particular pleasure is when the music is rumbled to the extent that the sub-woofers creak and the sounds seem to take on the effect of simmering oil with shimmering sparks of high pitched tonality representing the popping bubbles.
Six months into the journey it is now up to Wolf Hut whether they loose the momentum thus far gained, as the material as it currently stands, is a testament to the connectedness of concept to deliverable, enabling the listener to engage with the vivacity rather than a band over-thinking the process of production and I hope this early exuberance is not lost to inward navel gazing as time passes.
The World & Us – EP – Wolf Hut is available on iTunes*.
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