Releasing an album is a bold thing to do when you are still an unsigned artist, not only is it expensive to get it recorded professionally, but it is you releasing a full body of work which is always a big risk with unsigned artists. You could suffer a serious setback, as it may receive bad feedback which ruins a piece of work you have invested a lot of time and money into. Also it takes a while to build up a good set of songs, so if it does get knocked back, you’re back at square one. Wullae Wright has taken this dive with his latest album The Orange Line, and has come out with good results.
It’s a brave thing to start with an eight-minute song at the start of the album, as it easily could put a listener off due to the longevity of it. Wright just missed it with this song, as he introduces various elements keeping the song modernistic and fresh.
The album is strange and eerie as Wright’s alternative music tendencies come into the fold with each song, some more than others, but still it lies in all of them
His Tom Meighan like vocals over sounds that could be related to Radiohead are a unique twist, as it is something that is rarely come across. ‘Roadtrippin’ and ‘You never said anything’ demonstrate this very well, as the mix of the light sounding guitar with the occasional heavy blast is something that is hard to go unnoticed. This is a common theme throughout the album, with the softer guitar providing the melody, and the heavy guitar swinging in with a crushing blow to the ear. ‘Stand Alone’, which features Stuart Carroll, has this as well and the thunder enters without permission and catches you off guard.
The unexpected sounds keep rolling in, making each song a complete mystery and interesting to see develop. ‘Plasticland’ is perhaps the most unusual of the album, with a funky riff that belongs in a jazz club is presented, along with far out vocals and a simple chord structure. It all comes together to create a weird but likeable noise.
Wright curates lyrics that reflect on the world and what is around him, as he ignores cliché lyrics and boring lines, which is evident in ‘Story of a Wall’. The idea of the song alone is impressive, but the words even more so.
Although each song sounds like it has come from the planet crazy, each of the songs remain well structured and performed, regardless of the odd noise from time to time. The last song ‘All the time’ shows this, as it has a catchy chorus but an undoubtedly weird effect along with it.
The album stretches the imagination as it introduces several different elements at unconventional times, which challenge your preconception of music, and they you think it should or shouldn’t be. Wright seems to be experimenting with the simple things and creating something bigger, and although it may be not what you want to hear, it still must be appreciated.
Fully stream the album here >>>http://wullaewright.bandcamp.com/album/the-orange-line
Words by Alex Wise @al4563