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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