Is The Wisteria Hex one man or a full band? Well after listening to the seven-song album With the Sun I’m just not sure. Either way what you have here is an instrumental rock album thats main focus is guitar.
The songs are on the long side averaging around the seven- or eight-minute-mark. These aren’t pop songs by any stretch of the imagination. There aren't any hooks although there are palatable sections. With the Sun falls somewhat into instrumental rock territory such as Joe Satriani and like-minded artists except there isn't nearly as much lead guitar. Instead there is usually at least two intertwining guitar parts.
There is a lot to take in with the album but it didn't feel exhaustive to me. It’s the type of music that you can listen to actively or passively. Take for instance the opener “With the Sun She Sets;” you can turn up those blaring lead guitars and rock along with them or put it at a lower volume where it feels quite atmospheric.
You could write a novel if you wanted to go into the amount of transitions and nuances on this album. Suffice it to say there are a lot of changes throughout. I’m talking tempo and time signatures as well. Each song does have a different flavor and vibe that it rides. Take for instance the slightly bluesy “Hourglass” or “Indian Summer Pt. II: Monolith” which mixes various genres even a little bit of reggae.
The album is really cohesive. It's the kind of musical journey that works best listened to from beginning to end. I feel myself appreciating all the details in this vast album.
I have two minor issues with the album. It needed to be properly mastered as the tracks were at noticeably different volumes and the programmed drums sounded too perfect. Overall, this is an enjoyable album. The lead guitar work is technically impressive throughout and quite creative as well. Recommended.
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