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The Nature of Things

The Daredevil Christopher Wright

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The Nature of Things moves this Wisconsin-bred trio away from the orchestral sounds of its compatriot Justin (Bon Iver) Vernon toward a more stripped-down approach. Chief singer/songwriter Jon Sunde’s quirky lyrical themes and complex arrangement ideas suggest a melding of Yes and The Feelies, among other unlikely combinations. There’s an emphasis on Fleet Foxes-like choral singing as well, heard in the gorgeous vocal blends of “Blood Brothers” and “Pale Horse, Pale Rider.” Pastoral imagery gives songs like “I & Thou” and “The Birds of the Air and the Flowers of the Field” rustic charm, while “Andrew the Wanderer” and “The Animal of Choice” have the feel of dark parables. Especially striking is “Ames, IA,” which applies the group’s luminous harmonies to the bleak prayer of a doomed meth addict. African guitar motifs, twitchy percussion, and reverb-bathed guitars add to the album’s distinct sound. Behind the band’s collective eccentricities is a haunting vision overlaying the minutiae of everyday experience with a deeper mythic dimension, making The Nature of Things more than your typical freak-folk exercise.

Customer Reviews

Best work yet!

I've followed this trio from their beginnings in Eau Claire, WI and have watched and listened to them develop into what they are now. This album represents their best work. It's recorded and produced in a way that highlights their raw talent. A must buy!


Great harmonies, engaging lyrics, impressive melodies. Shades of Iron and Wines, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes blended into a unique, very thoughtful and artistically produced album.


Formed: 2004 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Daredevil Christopher Wright were formed in 2004 by brothers Jon and Jason Sunde. The brothers Sunde (Jason on vocals and bass and Jon on vocals and guitar) were joined by fellow Eau Claire, Wisconsin, musician Jesse Edgington on vocals and percussion and set about formulating their unique indie sound, drawing on influences from late-'60s British folk as well as the Laurel Canyon folk scene. The trio self-released its self-titled debut EP in September of 2005, followed by the very communal and...
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