4 Songs, 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Most purveyors of power pop either take the retro new wave route or pursue the supercharged Weezer/Fountains of Wayne style of hyper-produced hooks. Chicago-based tunesmith William Beckett provides a refreshing angle on the genre with his second EP, Winds Will Change. Over an acoustic six-string bounce, “Great Night” opens with his boyish voice sounding a bit like a Midwestern version of Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes. The background audience chatter in the verses makes the song seem like it was recorded live at a party—but when those people start singing along with the chorus, Beckett brilliantly becomes the party. The following “Warriors” rocks out much harder; its amplified guitars crank over electronic percussion that nicely contrasts with an organic-sounding snare drum. Beckett keeps things upbeat with “Scarlett (Tokyo),” an acoustic guitar–based number that rocks with the sophistication of early Elvis Costello (without succumbing to throwback tones) and the breezy elegance of a more upbeat Josh Rouse tune. Even the closing “Dig a Hole” sounds contemporary amid its Ric Ocasek worship.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Most purveyors of power pop either take the retro new wave route or pursue the supercharged Weezer/Fountains of Wayne style of hyper-produced hooks. Chicago-based tunesmith William Beckett provides a refreshing angle on the genre with his second EP, Winds Will Change. Over an acoustic six-string bounce, “Great Night” opens with his boyish voice sounding a bit like a Midwestern version of Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes. The background audience chatter in the verses makes the song seem like it was recorded live at a party—but when those people start singing along with the chorus, Beckett brilliantly becomes the party. The following “Warriors” rocks out much harder; its amplified guitars crank over electronic percussion that nicely contrasts with an organic-sounding snare drum. Beckett keeps things upbeat with “Scarlett (Tokyo),” an acoustic guitar–based number that rocks with the sophistication of early Elvis Costello (without succumbing to throwback tones) and the breezy elegance of a more upbeat Josh Rouse tune. Even the closing “Dig a Hole” sounds contemporary amid its Ric Ocasek worship.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

59 Ratings

Worth every penny!

Poodleinmypurse,

William Beckett has released his second solo EP and it is definitely a musical bargain! Beckett hits the ground running on the first track. Rollicking fun, "Great Night" features a sing-a-long chorus and shows his sense of humor; you can hear the smile in his voice as he recalls, " You were drinking like a raging bull to get through an hour or two..." The next track takes a different turn, his voice filled with venom on the passionate " Warriors." This is my favorite track on the EP, featuring some of the stronger emotions one might have found on "Santi" mixed with fuller instrumentation and a more confident-sounding Beckett. To me, it almost evokes a modern-day nod to Duran Duran's "Wild Boys" .
"Scarlett(Tokyo)" has a lighter sound but a longing feel to it, along with a nod to "Lost In Translation". Warning: this track has an extremely catchy chorus. The last track is "Dig a Hole", charged with emotion from Beckett's vocals and carefully crafted lyrics, I feel it is likely to be a favorite amongst listeners. The yearning for things to work out despite being powerless to control it is emphasized by the verses driving rhythms. The chorus is soaring with optimism, showcasing his strong vocals. Overall, this EP is a beautiful journey of well-written and produced music to accompany the emotive lyrics Beckett is known for.

this is fantastic

ilikemusic&stuff,

This EP takes everything that was great about Walk The Talk and combines it with a fresh new sound to create some of the best music of William's career thus far. The best song is easily "Dig A Hole", and "Warriors" comes in a close second. I recommend the entire EP though, for each song has something great to offer. Overall this is just a fantastic collection of music.

About William Beckett

Growing up in suburban Chicago, William Beckett established himself as the frontman of emo-pop purveyors The Academy Is.... Prior to The Academy Is..., Beckett played in the acoustic band Remember Maine, releasing the album The Last Place You Look at age 17. The Academy Is... followed in 2003, formed by Beckett along with guitarist Mike Carden, who issued three albums and four EPs -- as well as played on the Warped Tour in 2006 and Honda Civic Tour in 2007, and toured with Kiss in 2010 -- before their October 2011 breakup. During that era, Beckett also provided guest vocals for Fall Out Boy ("Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year," "What a Catch, Donnie"), Cute Is What We Aim For ("There's a Class for This"), Gym Class Heroes ("7 Weeks"), and Cobra Starship ("Snakes on a Plane [Bring It]"), and co-wrote songs for Hey Monday ("Homecoming") and Demi Lovato ("For the Love of a Daughter"). By 2012, reportedly after being dropped from Atlantic, Beckett re-emerged as a solo artist under YIKE Records. He debuted the single "Compromising Me" that March ahead of Walk the Talk, the first of three EPs planned for release that year. Beckett embarked on a solo headlining tour in May, with the single "Great Night" and second EP Winds Will Change following over the next two months. Beckett's third EP of 2012 is slated for release in October. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

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