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.

Website | MySpace | The Rebel Group

Wheat – Changes Is

Wheat – H.O.T.T.


Annuals – New Single Out Now, Album Coming

by That Guy on September 25, 2008

The Annuals are a force to be reckoned with. They’re no strangers to the indie pop music scene, but I finally randomly found them tonight as I meandered through iTunes browsing strangers’ iMixes. Sometimes I’m a laggard on these things.

The Raleigh, NC band produces layered, lush pop songs with a hint of experimentalism. They remind me a little of Arcade Fire at times (but less over the top) or the old Wheat stuff (but brighter). Their most recent EP, Wet Zoo, has 3 great new songs that build off their 2006 release, Be He Me. Look for more from these guys in the coming months. With an EP and single release already this year, they’re poised to take the world by storm when their full-length album, Such Fun (which features a Bob Ross painting as cover art) hits the airwaves on October 7.

In the meantime, take a listen to “Sore” off the Wet Zoo EP and their latest single, “Confessor”. Both are instant classics.

MySpace | Canvasback Music

Annuals – Sore

Annuals – Confessor