Wheat To Wire by The Crosiers is an interesting album blending decades worth of influences into their sonic stew. From the ‘60s British Invasion guitar tone of “Time Is Up” to the burpling synths of “The King,” there are lots of ideas that are seamlessly sewn together and presented.
For the most part, the harmonies are subtle but very effective. They break out more prominently Fleet Foxes-style in “Fallen, Fallen” spilling out over synth pads, quarter note keyboard pulses and tremolo guitar. On “The King” there is more of a Nick Cave inflection to the voice while “February Hymn” channels The Handsome Family and “Do You Remember” tips a hat to Matt Beringer with some gorgeous harmonies stacked on top.
The bluesy feel of “Low” and “Best Daughter of Truth” is contrasted with “February Hymn’s” train beat on the snare, the California Beach Boys vibe of “The King” and the U2-like “Hush.“ There are some great guitar solos throughout, particularly in “Best Daughter of Truth” and “February Hymn.” The drums shine in “Benediction” with their powerful embellishments that break out from the slow simmer of percussion earlier in the song and interesting tom motifs throughout “Do You Remember” and “Hush.”
The effect on the lead vocal throughout the album is a little muffled and one of the only drawbacks to the album. It would be nice to hear the voice as clear as the rest of the instruments, but this is an aesthetic choice and The Crosiers commit to it throughout.
The album closes with “After All,” a lo-fi acoustic number with some chiming electric guitar lines that appear near the end. It’s an abrupt contrast from the previous songs but it is effective and ends the album with a ghostly whisper as if the whole thing was a dream.
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