The Gatekeepers is a band that recently released Wanderer's Way. The description on their Bandcamp page says that it’s “An album made by three guys over long nights smoking far too many cigarettes and drinking far too few beers in an attic in Syracuse, New York.” That description sounds like most young dudes in their twenties and definitely did a similar thing when I was that age.
Wanderer's Way is a lo-fi emotive rock album. The album starts with “Run Like Hell” which was one of the only songs that didn’t resonate with me. It felt a little too wholesome and saccharine for my liking. The nostalgia and hopeful emotions felt a little too on the nose.
“The Twin Theory” is up next and I was feeling this song. There is a good upbeat energy and it felt really positive and motivational. “Water on Mars” was another solid song. The song felt a little more neutral in the emotional department which was a good thing. They don’t push one particularly emotion hard in one direction.
They slow down things with “Jeremy” which is a slow ballad. The song has a sweetness and tenderness to it. This song was hitting on a very particular tone. Up next is “Soul Spits.” I really liked how the banjo worked in the song and in fact I really loved the instrumental sections of this song. “Autumn Sun” has an Americana type vibe to it that I thought worked while “End of Every Summer” has a warm nostalgia.
My only advice for the band is to not be afraid of going into emotionally gray or ambiguous areas with their music. Music provokes emotion but emotions are complicated patterns of energy that fluctuate and change. At its best music can do the same thing.
Wanderer's Way is a solid album with a number of songs which really had my number. I look forward to hearing more from the band.
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