Wray present their second album, a fully-formed DIY college-rock kind of band from the heart of Alabama. Hypatia was produced with assistance from Lynn Bridges, and is full of lively original tunes plus a great cover of Faust’s ever-excellent tune ‘Jennifer’. Vinyl and CD editions, on the Communicating Vessels label.
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- Hypatia by Wray
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 March 2016
Wray play evocative slow paced rock that on opening track ‘Below’ seemingly does everything to make you want to fall asleep. It’s dreamy, guitars tinker away in each ear with plenty of reverb added and there are some laconic vocals. It’s a nice textural sound but Wray remind me of those kind of American shoegaze bands who make a nice noise without threatening to get you up out of your chair (I’m thinking Film School, For Against) .
It takes until track three for my ears to be pricked. The title track is lovely with the Cure-like guitars being carefully strummed and the muted production making it sound like you are listening the whole thing through clouds. It’s moody, it’s evocative. If this was the ‘80s they would perhaps crimp their hair. Like DIIV they have a very nice way with skyscraping ’80s guitar textures (‘May 23rd) or early Stone Roses dream pop (‘Regular’) or the Chills economical kraut pop (the lovely opening section to ‘Diamond Gym’).
There are some seriously nice moments here. I’m just finding it hard to really connect with them, they seem to want to hide their songs from me. A few more listens perhaps will reveal everything.
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