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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.

Customer Reviews

A warm ride

American Prehistoric is a warm ride through a collage of sounds and lyrical imagery that is uniquely American. It is reminiscent of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in the production's multiple layering that lends itself to repeat listens with ever-deepening significance. Take the trip with Warm in the Wake: you'll think about Joseph Campbell, spend time with a beautiful girl on her first trip to the Gulf, and learn to enjoy the new warm psychedelic sounds of the South.

new favorite band...

i can't stop listening to this album- it just gets better and better. if you are into sky blue sky, you will *love* american prehistoric.

Would recommend this to anybody

It doesn't matter what your style is; you'll like this album - every song.


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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