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Warm in the Wake

Gold Dust Trail

(Livewire; US: 30 Jan 2007)

Atlanta band Warm in the Wake is a perfect cross of Wilco, The Shins and Sparklehorse. The debut EP here is fuelled by sweet and soft alt.country-meets-roots rock on the opener “Tame Thoughts”. The band often relies on this format to frame tight, crisp and polished tunes such as “Hearts Vs. Heads” that are in no rush to rashly change the tempo or tone. However, when they move into the pop realm, as is the case with the melodic Coldplay-scented “Golden Inhibition Destroyer”, they thankfully play up to their strengths instead of reaching for something out of their grasp. The seven-song EP ambles along with the slower, down-tempo nugget entitled “What You Seek” that has a darker, edgier element in it. Although there could be more to make it a full-length, this will have to do until later this year. Still, Warm in the Wake are onto something tried, tested and true judging by “Skeleton Friend”.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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