Knock Knock Get Up by David Wax Museum on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

David Wax Museum plays a dynamic hybrid of Mexican and American folk. It’s an energetic and infectious blend of crisp rhythms, organ, horns, drums, and traditional Mexican instruments. Knock Knock Get Up, the group's third release, has the same joyous feel as its previous two, yet with more adventurous arrangements and textures. Here the band injects primitive percussion, fuzzy electric guitars, and scattered field recordings that add depth and mystery to its sound. There are also Caribbean and Brazilian influences in places. David Wax and Sue Slezak form the core of the band, and they're joined by multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman. Wax is an engaging singer, and he and Slezak harmonize superbly throughout. The band is agile, tight, and unpredictable. “Wondrous Love” is an ethereal ballad sung beautifully by Slezak. “A Dog in this Fight” is stark and taut, and “The Rumors Are True” is elaborate chamber pop. The David Wax Museum has crafted and claimed a rich sound all its own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

David Wax Museum plays a dynamic hybrid of Mexican and American folk. It’s an energetic and infectious blend of crisp rhythms, organ, horns, drums, and traditional Mexican instruments. Knock Knock Get Up, the group's third release, has the same joyous feel as its previous two, yet with more adventurous arrangements and textures. Here the band injects primitive percussion, fuzzy electric guitars, and scattered field recordings that add depth and mystery to its sound. There are also Caribbean and Brazilian influences in places. David Wax and Sue Slezak form the core of the band, and they're joined by multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman. Wax is an engaging singer, and he and Slezak harmonize superbly throughout. The band is agile, tight, and unpredictable. “Wondrous Love” is an ethereal ballad sung beautifully by Slezak. “A Dog in this Fight” is stark and taut, and “The Rumors Are True” is elaborate chamber pop. The David Wax Museum has crafted and claimed a rich sound all its own.

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About David Wax Museum

While a student at Harvard University, singer/songwriter David Wax nurtured his burgeoning interest in Mexican folk music by taking frequent trips south of the border to further his musical studies. After meeting singer and fiddler Suz Slezak back in Cambridge, Wax fused his Mexican-inspired songs with Slezak's Appalachian and Irish influences in a style they dubbed "Mexo-Americana." Under the name David Wax Museum, the two released their debut LP, I Turned Off Thinking About, in 2008 and began touring their eclectic sound across the U.S. Following the release of their 2009 follow-up, Carpenter Bird, they entered and won a song contest that landed them a spot at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival. Their breakout performance at the festival raised the band's profile dramatically and by the time they had released their critically acclaimed 2011 LP, Everything Is Saved, David Wax Museum were playing high-profile slots at South by Southwest and had moved up to Newport's main stage. With the release of 2012's Knock Knock Get Up, their sound began to broaden, becoming more expansive and experimental with increasing rock influences. Merely friends when they began the project in 2008, Wax and Slezak eventually married and the challenges of raising a family on the road became a major influence on their approach to 2015's Guesthouse, which saw them taking increasingly bolder artistic risks. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Boston, MA
  • FORMED
    2008

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