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The Wednesdays - Red Letter Day

10/06/14 08:00, by Mark, 584 words | , Categories: Music  

The next few Monday posts are going to focus on local music from Southern New England and an entry from Los Angeles with New England roots.

The Wednesdays - Red Letter Day

Densely packed with melodies, harmonies, storytelling, and feeeeelings.

Release date: February 23, 2013

The Wednesdays are a band out of the greater Boston area in Massachusetts and they are made up of 3 singer/songwriters. I went to school with Meg, a songwriter/guitarist/pianist in the band, who has been making music for forever-eva. I happened to catch up with her a little while ago and I asked her for a copy of the band's Red Letter Day after learning that they had put the record out about a year ago.

Reviewing the music of someone you know has some pitfalls, the most obvious being you might not like the record. Country/folk can be a hit or miss for me. Over time, I've moved across the spectrum from a preference for punk and rock (OR SOME MAY SAY I'VE GONE GENTLY INTO THE GOOD NIGHT) to all sorts of pop, indie, and country-influenced music, but I still have my preference for certain structures and sounds. I was curious to see how the music would sit with me.

Red Letter Day gently opens with "Good Morning Daughter," recalling memories of growing up with the great outdoors. It's the kind of song you would want to wake up to, stretch your arms, and get your day started as the sun comes up, except in my case I'm still desperately trying to be a morning person and need to put something unbearable on to try to and force myself out of bed. STILL, it's a great album starter and maybe you've got the adult thing down better than I do.

The album continues on, weaving between the folky ("Back To Me") and takes on classic song frameworks ("A Woman Needs A Man") with several standout tracks along the way. "Superhuman," digs deep lyrically and melodically and "Imaginary Friend" is a great story; it is also a kick in the chest, please listen to it without the aid of alcohol or at least wearing chest protection.

There's "Try" with its gentle, melancholy harmonies edging that country/Gospel line, and "Red Letter Day" lolling along and building up to a great ending with vocal harmonies and lead guitar. Finally there's "Sorry," a shift musically for the last song of the album; it's a drifting tune, atmospheric on the edge of trippy, that sends you off into the night.

What's cool about reviewing local music is you have a chance to ask about the different tracks and try to learn a little bit more. What's interesting about The Wednesdays is that the songwriter may not be the song singer. They value the song over the ownership, which is an easy thing to aspire to, but not easy to execute.

Red Letter Day is densely packed with melodies, harmonies, storytelling, and feeeeelings. There's sincerity to the content and a craft to the music. It gets parsed in my brain with artists like Jedd Hughs, Trent Dabbs, and Sarah Siskind: Edges of country and folk with deeper dives on certain tracks and a lasting feeling that sticks with you as you move onto the next song.

Check out some of their music on SoundCloud and stay tuned for a Kickstarter campaign as they begin work on a second album in 2015.

This is the soundtrack to: A day-trip through New England, sorting through your love life, an early morning spent around the house.

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