It’s just beautiful when an artist can be on a release schedule that maintains overall quality from album to album without forsaking evolution, all the while keeping fans indulged and interested without overwhelming them. Wymond Miles’ upcoming record, Cut Yourself Free, out October 17 on Sacred Bones, is only his second full-length, but coming just 16 months after 2012’s Under the Pale Moon (TMT Review), not to mention less than a year after The Fresh and Only’s Long Slow Dance (TMT Review) for which his guitar work stole the show, he’s on a trajectory to be one of the more important artists of this decade.
That may be a little bit over the top, but if you enjoy your jangly West Coast pop with a heavy dose of darkness, then Miles’ brand of songwriting is probably right up your alley. Complex guitar compositions and vocals that sometimes bring to mind Nico, sometimes Robert Smith, flesh out these rather (good) straightforward pop songs. If it sounds like a heady mix, that’s because it is, but it’s never inaccessible; check out album track “Passion Plays” below.
His hair is not to be believed unless seen in person, so I encourage you all to head out to experience it live (and to see a very good show, of course).
09.12.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
11.06.13 - Costa Mesa CA - Detroit #
11.07.13 - San Diego CA - The Casbah #
11.08.13 - Los Angeles CA - The Echo #
11.09.13 - San Francisco CA - The Chapel #
11.11.13 - Portland OR - Bunk Bar #
11.12.13 - Seattle WA - Barboza #
11.15.13 - St. Paul MN - Turf Club #
11.16.13 - Chicago IL - The Empty Bottle #
11.19.13 - Toronto ON - Lee’s Palace #
11.20.13 - Montreal QC - Divan Orange #
11.21.13 - Allston MA - Great Scott #
11.02.13 - Philadelphia PA - Boot & Saddle #
11.23.13 - Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
* w/ Weekend
# w/ Crocodiles
Cut Yourself Free tracklist:
01. The Ascension
02. Passion Plays
03. Night Drives
04. White Nights
05. Bronze Patina
06. Vacant Eyes
07. Anniversary Song
08. Why Are You Afraid?
09. Love Will Rise