Wheat “Changes Is”

By One Track Mind on Monday, August 3rd, 2009  |  7,182 views

Indie Rock

Wheat “Changes Is” Wheat “Changes Is”

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Massachusetts indie-rock act Wheat recently released their fifth studio LP, White Ink, Black Ink. The album is the latest chapter in the history of a band who has been one of the genre’s most underrated acts over the past decade, delivering a critically acclaimed debut (1998’s Medeiros) while struggling to find a commensurate degree of public success. White Ink, Black Ink may be the band’s most direct and satisfying release to date, full of balled up fists and fancy footwork. It shows Wheat in a confident space where they aren’t over-thinking their moves, relying instead on their natural instincts as songwriters.

The second single the band released from their new album, “Changes Is” tucks its head down and pushes through just under four minutes of music driven primarily by guitar and drums. In the case of the former, the track features some beautifully mangled work; the guitars here sound like they’ve been sucked into a trash compactor, retaining their melodic arc but sounding garbled and gritty to great effect. Elsewhere, the song draws its strength from the stacking of simple elements (a vocal refrain here, a new guitar riff there) and balancing this density with pauses where the band peels back the layers.

“Changes Is” is the sound of Wheat sticking to a relatively uncomplicated songwriting idea, then adding just enough flourish to put everything in the proper balance. For fans of acts like Guster, Lilys, and Headlights.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. qBert Says:

    Vocals are a touch too dramatic for my taste.