Wheat – White Ink, Black Ink [Album Review]

by That Guy on July 11, 2009

Over the past several years, Boston outfit Wheat has been hopping labels, keeping a fairly low profile and seemingly trying to find themselves. After lead-singer Scott Levesque lost his father in 2008, it provided some of the inspiration needed for a new album. On July 21, Wheat is set to release their latest, White Ink, Black Ink, on The Rebel Group label (Jukebox the Ghost; Lonely, Dear). It’s a good one.

“White Ink, Black Ink” is the type of quirky, melodic album I’d hoped for from the Wheat guys, but it also has a much-welcomed organic, heavy-handed feel that reminds me of some of their early work. The songwriting and lyrics are vintage Wheat – textured, ethereal, and pure. Drummer Brendan Harney makes the album for me, delivering a heap of raw, hip hop-esque beats that provide a nice dichotomy on standout tracks like “Changes Is” and “Living to Die”. Other standout tracks for me include “El Sincero”, which is a dreamy roller, and “I Want Less,” a track with heartfelt vocals backed by a machine-gun drumbeat from Harney.

The album will be available on July 21st, but you can buy and get an immediate mp3 download here. Wheat is also playing a few dates in and around the northeast, with a record release party August 1st at Great Scott in Allston, MA.

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Wheat – Changes Is

Wheat – H.O.T.T.

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