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Reviews: So Many Wizards ~ Tree EP|
Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 12:04:32 UTC
Artist: So Many Wizards
CD: Tree EP
Home: Redondo Beach, California
Quote: "The melodies and arrangements in the Tree EP speak of love and happiness, hiding away in the lyrics there is an undertone that things are not what they seem."
By Darryl Gregory
Picture yourself sitting in a motel lounge circa 1964 and being serenaded by polyester sounds and pastel rhythms. Iím sure the house band for such a place would be So Many Wizards. Described as "tightly-wound balls of happiness waiting to burst into your ears," the songs on this eight-song EP lean heavily on the side of cavernous reverb and a swirling mix of piano, clean electric guitar, trumpet, accordion, xylophone and cocktail drums. The playing is good and the singer has a warbling voice along the lines of Keane and Rufus Wainwright.
While the melodies and arrangements speak of love and happiness, hiding away in the lyrics there is an undertone that things are not what they seem. In the song "Love Is On The Way," Wizards set up a bouncy Weill-like piano march with a limp and sing:
Iím just like you
Weíre worn but still strong
With carbon monoxide filling our lungs
Wizards then ends the chorus with a happy sing-a-long melody.
One of these days
Iíll be singing with you
These types of juxtapositions of melody and lyrics are found throughout the eight tracks of mashed up folk-cabaret. I would recommend that So Many Wizards find a sound engineer for their next recording as some of the vocals were very distorted, but I found the EP to a fun, quirky find and the songs and the writing is on the right path.
Artist Website: http://www.myspace.com/somanywizards
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