Start Your Day Right with Hello Morning from Wax Moon
So, before you throw on Hello Morning, the brand spanking new album from the twosome of Paul Kimball and John Blatchford known as Wax Moon, do yourself a favor. Jump to “Feather from a Gun” and prepare for the ineffable.
Now granted, it’s technically sequenced about midway through this nine-cut album, perhaps to provide a sense of balance between the four tunes that come before it and the four following it. Moreover, it’s a step or two slower than the majority of the former, which certainly has its place. And don’t forget, every album has its ebbs and flows (check the title of the group again), building momentum to set the moods, tones, and pace of your listening enjoyment.
But that “Feather from a Gun” just gets straight to the heart of the matter and is a rare tune to find these days. Envision a pair of guitars, seemingly intertwined, winding one within each other over the most haunting of melodies. It’s the type of song to instantly still you, attune you to the passage of breezes or breathing, and becomes positively enchanting when the two voices manning those guitars come together during the hook, tastefully adorned with bass and, during the finale, a touch of strings.
This formula, as it were, is manifest for the duration of the Long Player. “Feather” is probably the track with the least amount of harmonizing. But for the majority of the songs one of the singers takes the lower part, and the other the higher one (although on “Feather” the former sings higher than he does for most of this project).
Typically, the lower one’s vocals are mixed louder than the higher ones, which creates a particularly pretty effect on numbers like “World of Trash”, which enjoys a melody a little more sumptuous than that found on many of the others. On “Trash” they actually actuate this game plan for the guitar parts they’re both playing, which adds to the overall richness and tonality of the work.
On other songs the pair unveils the country in them and, perhaps, a little of what was known at some point as honky tonk, perhaps? Such is the case on “Mountain Road Girl” and, to a lesser extent, “Montana”. So sure, some of this album’s a little folksy, but it all works well, especially on “Feather”, which should be the first single, video, and Grammy nominee all in one.