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Wires In The Walls
New Symmetry
(self-released)
www.wiresinthewalls.com


A taste of folk-pop with a shot of orchestral rock and a dusting of ambient pop, New Symmetry from Wires In The Walls is a love match between Arcade Fire and The Polyphonic Spree. Quite an amiable mix that evolves into a synth-pop texturing in "Sirens" as the twinkling guitar chords of Dave Irelan and lead vocalist Warren Sroka are serried by the staccato tapping of Bryan King's drumming and the gentle pulsation of bassist Nick Tracz as Dave Sicher's keyboards color the track with a satiny glaze. Guest musicians Scott Gilman on baritone saxophone and horn player Dayna Richards sprinkle crisp sprigs across "Tremolo" giving the track an orchestral vibe.

The springy gait of "The Ringer" bolsters a communal feel as the chorus turns voluminous and the guitar chords rustle playfully. The vocals straddle the ambling swells of the title track elevating to a dancehall groove that switches to wispy acoustics keeled by a meandering stroll in "Soft Shirt." The marching rhythm of "YSA" has a Celtic tint that picks up the tempo intermittently with the intervals of pensive lulls and transitions into the airy lifts and splashing drum beats of "The Land The Sea And Outerspace." The fluid growls of the guitar chords in "Tin Can" have a pure rock grazing, which softens into the feathery gusts of "Crutch" and the delicate swishing of guitar chords in "Eulogy."

Wires In The Walls are today's generation of The Dave Matthews Band. They inspire a communal feel bejeweled in a comfy balance of acoustic and rock-based elements. There's a spiritual aspect in all their tracks that gives them a human breathing, like the songs were made to help humans get in touch with themselves. Based in Los Angeles, the quintet makes strides in crossing genres and creating a new breed of pop/rock. New Symmetry is the band's full length debut album following their 2010 EP, Call Signs. Their recordings are all do-it-yourself without the gritty garage rock after-taste.

-Susan Frances

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