descender

so ive sorta here and there know of miike snow (swedish pop band – hipstery kinda thang) but it didn’t grab me. until today. because the bands front man Andrew Wyatt‘s upcoming solo album Descender, sounds like it’s going to be jusssst perfect.

check out this video on the making of Descender:

and good news folks… KCRW is streaming the debut album in it’s full length before the official release date (april 16th).

click here for the live stream >
http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/ap/ap130408andrew_wyatt_descend

Teaming up with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Wyatt offers a lush song-cycle full of grand statements made without fatal pretention.  It is unrepentantly pop, but with the kinds of iconoclastic sweeping musical gestures reminiscent of artists like Procol Harum, Sufjan Stevens, Cardinal, David Axelrod and Lee Hazlewood.  The cryptic lyrics cite Vietnam, McDonald’s, goblins, Parisian monuments and “the swimming pool sized steps of the juggernaut” (whatever those might be), but Wyatt sings with conviction and the kinds of vocal hooks that make one want to sing along regardless of comprehension (there seems to be a recurring theme of swimming though, which is further evoked by the palatial pool pictured on the cover).  It’s a rich listening experience, which probably makes its short running time (under a half hour) work to its benefit, winding its way in and out of our ears before we have time to ponder deeper meanings, but still leaving satisfying echoes behind.

-Eric J. Lawrence

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