WE REVIEW THE NEW SELF TITLED EP FROM WEDNESDAYS CHILD
London based duo Wednesday’s Child presentstheir new, self-titled EP. Recorded in their bedrooms, the EP incorporates elements of jazz and psychedelic rock in an intimate and creative manner, even if there are a few miss-steps along the way.
Wednesday’s Child is Emily Roberts and Georgia Williams, and they began collaborating during the pandemic and it is clear that the isolation has influenced the lyrical themes of the EP with ‘Nearby Nowhere’ a perfect example of this, as the phrase ‘You have to be lost to be found’ is repeated – a feeling I for one have felt over the last eighteen months.
That theme of optimism and support is one that runs through the entire EP as Emily and Georgia tastefully share tales of separation and creating worlds inside of their own rooms. The vocals are delivered in a manner which allows the listener to connect with the words as the EP is imperfect and self-produced giving it a certain warmth which lacks in a lot of other efforts in a similar vain to this.
‘Begin Again’ kicks things off with a fitting title, as the track covers themes of rebooting into life in the midst of the pandemic. The track deserves a special mention for its pure creativity even if some of the ideas and sections could be merged a little cleaner. Given the lyrical themes explored on the track I found the rather jagged blend of sections seemed to emphasise the unpredictable nature of the prior months, a very mature piece of songwriting for a duo in their infancy.
Instrumentally the EP is crammed full of interest with consistent use of psychedelic, Demarco-esc guitar sections, quaint acoustic guitar progressions, and some superb guitar solos. Wednesdays Child are hard to define in genre and I have to commend their use of rather odd song structures as they deviate from grounded, dry acoustic sections to aethereal, spacey guitars passages – you never know what’s coming on this project.
As the EP progresses, the London duo convincingly incorporates even more genre’s with ‘That Thing We Had‘ being backboned by a funky guitar progression and pulsating drums which gives the project a real breathe of fresh air, on the other hand ‘Puppeteer’ is laced with creative ideas including a sea chanty chorus but this is an occasion on the EP where the duo feel like they are forcing these different sections together and leaves me craving a little more cohesion.
Wednesdays Child’s debut EP is a diverse display of post-pandemic emotions with an undeniably strong display of songwriting which is refreshing. The EP does not come without its flaws but these can be overlooked by the boundary-pushing and experimental nature of many of the tracks – a great first effort and a group to keep an eye on.