I never thought the unstoppable force that is Wax Mannequin would ever conjure moments of Kings of Convenience, but twenty seconds into “Black Bells” - the opening track from Wax’s new record, No Safe Home - that’s the exact sonic touch point I was hearing.
Obviously, Wax’s baritone vocals are far more masculine than Erlend Øye’s more sensitive coo, but the tender delivery is equally as soothing and the gentle acoustic notes provide the same cushion to offset a heavy collision. The stark presentation of sound is a big change for Wax, but the emotion he presents still weighs a ton.
No Safe Home hits the streets on August 5th, and it’s a beauty.
And for thos unfamiliar with Wax, we have a nice little giveaway. Wax has commissioned candles in his image, and inside is a USB stick with his first four records. We have one to giveaway, all you have to do is email us your details [HEROHILL at GMAIL dot com].
MP3:: Wax Mannequin - Black Bells