Justin and the Cosmics w/Elsa Cross & Wilder Embry
If you live here in the acoustic-guitar-strumming capital of the world (universe? galaxy?), you can reach the point where just the thought of one more gentle strum is enough to send you into convulsions. But when I first heard the demos for Wilder Embry’s upcoming album Smolderoldingpictureaid, I was struck by how fresh his guitar accompaniment sounded. A few clicks of the mouse later, I discovered that he plays his late father’s 1957 Martin four-string tenor guitar. And as a left-hander, he plays it upside down (as a kid that’s how he started), which puts a chime-like emphasis on the higher-pitched strings that suits his warm, slightly raspy vocal delivery. Embry’s 2010 The Bottle was a solid dose of introspective folk and roots rock that garnered comparisons to Ron Sexsmith and Tim Finn and earned him new fans such as country star Gary Allan and Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill. The largely acoustic demos for the new record have a delightfully intimate, organic vibe that lets his fine singing stand front and center — particularly the mid-tempo groover “Don’t Go Mad,” the delicate ballad “Pretty Things,” and “Sound,” featuring the kind of catchy, lilting melody you start humming after one listen. Embry has a Kickstarter campaign for Smolderoldingpictureaid that runs through the end of Christmas Day.
Thu, Dec 19 | 9:00 PM
21 and over