The Wandering Found is the project from Thomas Yonke. He apparently read a book that inspired him to form the project. They recently released the self-titled album The Wandering Found. It contains themes and lyrics that I think could only come from someone in their early 20’s. I’m well past my 20’s but all of these songs seem to be about the fears and concerns you might have around that age.
The album starts with “Restart” and, man, was this an intense way to start the album. I actually thought the song sounded too fast. It was almost like they were rushing. The song is dynamic and he starts basically singing about the future. HIs lyrics are very straightforward but effective.
The next song “Foolish and the Few” also sounds a little fast. It’s a song about reflection, fears and just sort of the normal emotions people feel. “The Wedding Table” is literally about a wedding. Up next is “Quit Your Day Job” which is the arguable highlight. It’s a little straightforward rock and definitely one of the better vocal performances.
“Ad Sumus” kind of continues this philosophical pondering about the direction of your life one would have after graduating college. This song again feels a little too fast and it’s almost like they are bypassing the emotion because of that. “So Far to Go” felt fast but the BPM felt like it fit the song. There is some distortion on the vocals and this was easily another of the better performances from the vocalist. I liked the grit of the song.
That is followed with “All Who Wonder” which continues with this existential pondering that is covered in thoughtful motivation. I was expecting a dramatic ballad to close out the album and that’s what I got. It revolves around piano and vocals and also has this wholesome quality.
A lot of this album felt like self-help in the spirit of Tony Robbins or other similar figures. The lyrics are straightforward instead of poetic and metaphorical throughout this album which adds to this quality. In fact the album cover feels very appropriate.
My only critique is the recording quality. This type of music benefits from studio quality fidelity and generally speaking this was a lo-fi recording. I would say some songs worked better than others in this area.
I've heard this type of style and aesthetics quite a bit over the last two years. If you're looking for something reflective, philosophical and motivational, I think you might appreciate this release.
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