I hadn’t heard of Weaves, but I’m glad that I checked out their newest album, Wide Open.
The album starts with “#53”, a very drum-heavy song that introduces the album very well. It’s about a woman trying to find herself, while also dealing with relationships. The lyrics “I don’t wanna think about you again / I don’t wanna dream about you again / I know I’m gonna cry about you again,” are repeated several times throughout the song, and as the instrumentals change, her tone seems to change from a plea to a statement. The next song “Slicked” is is very 80s pop sounding, and since it’s all about getting ready, it is a quintessential song to pump you up in the morning.
Weaves continues with a few more pop songs, one of which being “La La”, which is probably my favorite song on the album. The vocalist sings in an offbeat rhythm that I don’t often hear, but the outcome sounds really neat. The album then slows down quite a bit with “Wide Open.” It’s nothing new or amazing, but it’s still nice to listen to, and a great midpoint to the album.
Usually it’s typical with albums that I don’t like a couple songs, but can still see how other people would. This is not the case with “Scream”. Like the title suggests, there’s weird gibberish and gutteral screams that sound awful in the background. The song woud be pretty good without those noises, but they happen so often throughout the song that I can’t just ignore it.
The next song, “Gasoline”, is unlike its name, because it’s a slow burn. It’s more grunge than the first half of the album, and it steadily gets louder and faster as the song goes on, which is really cool. This is continued with “Grass”, which sounds like more of a 90s/ early 00s pop song. The album ends with “Puddle”, which starts out with just the vocalist and an acoustic guitar. “It’s never a choice when the light in your life starts to die / I’m giving a voice to person you saw in my eyes.” Halfway through, the electric guitar and drums barrel in. I love when songs do this, and this song was no different. The song was a great ending to the album, and I can’t wait to see what Weaves does next.
By: Monica Brich