Bathed in blue light and appearing only for moments at a time, and usually in silhouette, the members of Birmingham, Alabama band Wray seem more like phantoms than people in the moody, blue-lit video for the wound-tight “Relative.” The spooky setting suits the song’s mood. Guitars drip like melting icicles, vocals are stretched out into long, baleful moans and percussion is short, sharp and piercing. There’s a severity to the song that makes it hard to shake: the guitars repeat panicked patterns and the song hurtles forward on its own velocity, as if desperate to outrun the ghost clawing at its heels.
By Ned Raggett on 07.16.14 in Reviews
It's been both fun and a little bizarre to see "shoegaze" move from a clutch of English bands grappling with the implications of Isn't Anything and Daydream Nation to a constantly replenished source of sound and approach...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 06.02.14 in News
An apt pairing if ever there was one, Birmingham, Alabama stargazers WRAY are set to hit the road with longtime interplanetary voyagers Man Or Astro-Man? next month, on a tour that will last well into the early part of t...
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...
By J. Edward Keyes on 02.26.15 in Features
When we launched Wondering Sound in March of last year, I wrote that the site's purpose was to be "a place where smart, opinionated writers can craft rich, detailed pieces for curious readers." As mission statements go,...