Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mike Wexler - "Pariah" & new album

It's been a few years since Mike Wexler first caught my attention with his last full length offering, 2007's Sun Wheel, & it seems like he's ready to build upon that album's foundation. "Pariah", taken from his upcoming album Dispossession, utilizes all of the familiar elements heard on previous recordings while adding a new layer of sheen & polish to the whole thing.

Here Wexler's unique guitar styling & songwriting, which takes cues from English folk & Eurocentric structuring devices, "without a trace of 'Americana'" as the press release will tell us, is a driving force for which swirling synth & organ tones may dance around. These keyboard arrangements themselves are the main cohesive element glueing the proceedings together though, providing the needed atmosphere & dramatic swells the songs search for. Definitely an album to look out for in 2012.

Mike Wexler's Dispossession will be available March 6th via Mexican Summer.

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