"First Wave" by The Silver WyeReview
Normally the autumnal equinox is precisely the time we'd look for a new release from The Silver Wye. However since current conditions have precluded any further recording to date, they have compiled their five singles into one album which is available on Bandcamp now
Presumably with a big nod to the times which we are living through & which are preventing more Silver Wye recording sessions for the time being, the compilation is named ‘First Wave' and is available here:
All their work is here: from debut & Silver Wye manifesto setting, the exquisite "Pick Me Up" through the even more ethereal "You Are Light" to the most recent Casey Neistat tribute "The Cold Light" taking in "Just My Luck" (the song in the collection perhaps most close to the "normal" style of Silver Wye writer Wes Finch and which also appears on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Two') to the astonishing "Getting Place" which must be among Wes' finest compositions & performances of his entire career. Please do feel free to refresh your memories of our reviews of all of them in the magazine.
The project is Wes' way to explore outside the expectations his main body of work has raised among his fans, so we get a lot of sonic exploration & processing involved. Apart from this, the threads which bind the Silver Wye together are a bit more elusive: the tendency to release songs in sync with the heavens (e.g. solstices), another which tends towards the supernatural & spiritual: everything from transcendental beauty to Lucifer, but otherwise the five tracks don't sound especially similar nor do the lyrical themes necessarily fit any other pattern.
I imagine the Silver Wye is intended to surprise us as well as enlighten us, so I very much look forwards to the "Second Wave" or possible the "New Wave"...
Credit too to the various other members of the project: Leo Steeds and Luke Dibbs who worked on "Pick Me Up" with Wes at The Milking Parlour Studio in Warwickshire and producer Isaac McInnes & bassist Bradley Blackwell at Crooked Room studio in Yorkshire for the other four songs.