Wild Eye is the exceptional solo project for Ross Williams. Just by looking at the album cover of his recent four-song release entitled Wild Lies I was expecting some kind of spiritual element to the music. I wasn’t sure what to expect but thought the music could either have been overly pretentious, new age or music that actually resonated with you. Luckily, Wild Lies fall into the latter category.
Williams explains he was going for a tribal/psychedelic vibe from the later sixties/early seventies but was also influenced by more contemporary indie icons like Thurston Moore. On top of that he mentions that his education of Native American spirituality was an influence. All of these references make sense once you spend time with Wild Lies.
The first track “What Do You Say When You Go?” starts with pulsating ethereal pads that get layered with an warm acoustic guitar. The chords are played aggressively as Williams sings, “What do you say when you go? I don’t know.” The song feels as if there is a lot of percussion but in fact there is very little. It was actually the bass that provided the energy. Towards the second half the song psychedelic guitars sounds like they are attempting to painfully leave someone’s soul. Perhaps like how someone feels after ingesting ayahuasca and letting the buried adverse feelings arise.
The second track “Realize” is more ethereal and serene. Williams’ vocals are covered in reverb but feel appropriate. He sounds enlightened and his voice soars when he sings, “Realize, look for wild lies Your line of sight reaches far and wide But still, you squint to see things Still, you barely see. “ The congas are a very nice touch and I believe I heard a bit of delay, which worked wonderfully against the atmospheric guitars.
Williams continues with a similar vibe on “I’m Listening.” The guitar parts are exceptional and so are the vocal harmonies. He closes with the most dreamy, ethereal track “I Am Almost Gone.” The elements combine to create a cloud of sound that feels like it’s floating in the sky. The lyrics can be referring to ego or death itself when he sings, “I am almost gone Dimming steadily into invisibility I am almost no one now.”
Wild Lies is a very good release and Williams certainly deserves more praise. I hope to hear more soon because Wild Lies left me hungry for more.
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