Published Aug 21, 2014Kyle Connolly might be a familiar face to fans of Toronto bands like Milk Lines, Breeze and Beliefs, but having played a sideman for years, he's now got an album of his own under the name WISH. This project's self-titled album is due out on August 26 via Hand Drawn Dracula, and the the whole thing can be streamed ahead of time.
The album was co-produced by Connolly's frequent collaborator Josh Korody (Beliefs, Breeze) over just two days at Candle Recording Studio. A press release points to influences like Sonic Youth, Lou Reed, Pavement, Neu! and Meat Puppets.
As you might expect from this combination of influences, WISH features lots of raw, fuzzy guitars. There's an undercurrent of psychedelia running through many of the swirling textures, with a pop sensibility informing many of the melodies. The songs frequently sport peppy, jangling strums, while cuts like "Unknowns" and the instrumental "Frances in Space" push into more threatening territory.
Hear it all below [via Consequence of Sound].