Was I The Wave?
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Was I the Wave? is the long-awaited follow-up to Miracle Fortress's debut, Five Roses. The Polaris Prize shortlisted album was a rapidly embraced collection of summery pop with a fuzzy twist, a kind of 60s homage draped over early 90s shoegaze. Though it will no doubt be labeled by some as a radical departure from Five Roses, you could argue that Was I the Wave? is also somehow a logical extension of this approach; Van Pelt digests 80s synths and club sounds filters it through a full spectrum of electronic touchstones from the last two decades. And of course somehow, through it all, the spirit of pure pop remains. This one is meant to be played loud.
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Some great songs on here are "Everything Works" and "Miscalculations." Personally, I think there is not one song on WITW that I do not enjoy. I've listened the whole album several times and I think I will continue to do so in the future. I wouldn't say the music and lyrics are sad but this is definitley not something to get a party started. Graham Van Pelt supposedly wrote the whole thing by himself and I think it kind of shows through the music. It seems like the thoughts and feelings going around in someone's head came out through the music.
True, the album is a departure from 'Five Roses.' That's ok with me, although I can see how fans of 'Five Roses' might have been thrown for a loop with WITW.