Wydown: Rock Ends (self-released)

Either way, Wydown are onto something good, and all signs point to the fact that it will only get better.

“Welcome to a spirited rock odyssey,” it says on the sleeve of Wydown’s EP, a statement that, I have to say, is pretty accurate. There is a range of emotions that these seven songs seem to come from, as well as some interesting instrumentation. String arrangements are used throughout this body of work, but it’s never the same thing twice and always enhances the individual vibe of each song. Nate Dewart’s voice can be at once powerful and vulnerable, sounding not unlike a tougher, stronger Tim Finn.

Lyrically, Wydown would run the risk of coming off a bit melodramatic if it weren’t for the undeniable feeling one gets from listening to these songs that Dewart believes deeply in the words he is singing. But it’s that same conviction that left me wanting many of these songs to be musically heavier: to have the same tension and edge that comes through in the lyrics and how they’re delivered. Granted, this may have more to do with the production of this EP than the band itself. Either way, Wydown are onto something good, and all signs point to the fact that it will only get better.

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