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Album Review

If Warm in the Wake evoke anything, it's the heyday of the late-'80s college rock/Dixie underground, when numerous groups from the American Southeast turned to bright soundcraft, pretty harmonies, and guitar jangle. All of which is not to say that the band sounds dated. Quite the contrary: Warm in the Wake's delightful, folky space pop is moving in its own whimsically beautiful way. One can also detect traces of clever pop predecessors such as XTC, Robyn Hitchcock, and Green Pajamas here. There's both a pop levity and a complexity that define the Georgia band's music on American Prehistoric. The title track is bounding electric pop, while "She'd Never Seen" has a more earnest drive and a sweet chorus hook that you could hang a hat on. "Reservoir" is heavy on the guitar jangle and chime and comes at the listener at odd angles, providing some ominous pop-psychedelia undertow to the proceedings. All in all, this is a clever, infectious, and melodious romp from a band that has a lovely but eccentric way with indie guitar pop.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Inspired by the bare-bones pop prowess of musicians like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, the members of Atlanta, GA's King Lear Jet, a group that had some success peddling songs to shows like Felicity and Dawson's Creek, transformed themselves into Warm in the Wake in the early 2000s. The group, which retained King Lear Jet's original lineup of Alabama natives Chris Rowell (vocals), James Taylor, Jr. (drums), and brothers Andy and Daniel Barker (bass and keyboards, respectively) and guided their sound...
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