Jeremy Wade & Aj Girard are a duo based in New York City. Their time as collaborators stretches over a career at Wesleyan University where the two music students played in a jam band called Bonanza. The pair decided to release an album together as a way to landmark the end of their days at Wesleyan. Façade was released in mid-October of 2018. The album is a collaboration between Wade & Girard, alongside others who contribute to the sound of the album.
Façade immediately ramps up the energy on its second track “Façade.” Opening with a guitar tossing smooth chords around, the bass that begins to dance behind it adds a deep layer and a flair to the music. The synthesizer that joins after the first chorus adds to the futuristic feeling of the album. Backing vocals serve to round out the sound through the chorus. Overall, the structure of the song alone creates an endless world for listeners to explore. The addition and subtraction of different instruments for different sections allows the sound to transition smoothly through the changes.
“You Think You Know A Person” is driven more by the piano than other songs on the album. The lyrics float over the morose piano sections in a haunting manner. This track is one that is sure to make an impact on listeners.
Wade & Girard rely on the elements of surprise in the music far more than other artists in the progressive rock category do. Coupled with the excellent song structure and composition of the music, Façade surely takes a cut above the rest. Those with an interest in progressive rock or jam bands will find the album to be a great addition to your library. Those that are newer to the genre or feel that they are outside will be pleasantly surprised by how precisely the changes are executed.
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