The band The Wright Brothers are actual brothers consisting of Jonny, Jacob, Joe and Jeremy Wright. They were raised in a musical family so it isn’t a surprise that they still have a passion for it. The Wright Brothers released an EP at the end of 2012 called You, Me, and the Universe and just by looking at the cover art you will get an idea of what type of music they play. I call it atmospheric, cinematic rock that reaches for the stars but that might be an understatement. On every song on the album they reach for grandiose heights, which they sometimes hit. To put it simply they sound like a concoction of U2, Sigur Ros and Muse.
The production is pretty good throughout but could use some slight tweaks. There are a lot of frequencies coming through your stereo and it felt like they were too cramped at some points.
The album opens with “Awakening (On the Edge of the World), which revolves around a guitar riff that sounds like something The Edge from U2 would have come up with. The song is like a rocket in that it has a constant upward momentum that never seems to let up. As the song progresses it instills a sense of optimism and perseverance that isn’t always the easiest emotion to convey without sounding trite.
The second track on the EP “Together” is one of the highlights. It reminded of M83 in a good way and is more atmospheric and melodic than the first track. The vocal melody and delivery sounds great as the vocalist sings “You and I were meant to be together” and “Every moment turns into forever.” Airy synths, open huge drums and anthem- like vocals combine on the chorus to bring one of the most memorable moments of the EP.
“New Science” is a rocking song that contains a good amount of kinetic energy from beginning to end while “We Belong To The Sky” builds with tension before exploding. The album ends with a cosmic dance called “Hey Universe!” in which the best part is the breakdown. Twirling synths, atmospheric pads and angelic pads combine to form a plethora of sounds Carl Sagan would probably have been proud to put on his series “Cosmos.”
Overall You, Me, and the Universe is enjoyable and a great way to start your morning.
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