It’s been about 4 months since I saw The Wind and The Wave live, while they were on tour with fellow opener Night Terrors of 1927, supporting one of my favorite bands, The Colourist. As far as opening acts go, The Wind and The Wave still hold their place as one of my favorites. Their brand of sound, that is often labeled country-pop, falls closer to a special kind of indie folk rock that everyone can find a place for.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, the duo, composed of members Dwight “The Wind” Baker and Patricia “The Wave” Lynn, dropped their full-length debut earlier this week. Since my introduction to them, they have released various singles off the LP, including tracks “With Your Two Hands” and “My Mama Said Be Careful Where You Lay Your Head”. None have let me down, and with this, From The Wreckage, they certainly have not begun to. If anything, I have a deeper rooted obsession with their sound after listening to it.
The first thing you’ll notice looking at the record is the long song titles. You’d think you’re about to listen to a country version of Fall Out Boy. Personally, I believe the choice to name the songs this way was smart one. Before even listening to these songs, Patty’s incredibly strong songwriting capabilities make themselves evident. Every song on this album has an ability to wash over you and go right through you. They’re all very relatable, and honest. This makes itself apparent from the beginning.
From The Wreckage opens with the previously released track, “My Mama Said Be Careful Where You Lay Your Head”. From the get-go, you find yourself wanting to clap along, sing along, and tap along. This urge doesn’t let up for the majority of the album. The whole album has a clap-along quality that is an important quality in the sound of this duo. It’s the backbone to the band, this beat and accessibility. “My Mama Said” tastes like a classic folky country song. With the acoustic guitar and airy organ, topped with the delicious quality of Patty’s voice, weaves together a great opening to prepare us for what’s to come.
The album takes a slower turn with the title track, “From The Wreckage Build A Home”. The track is full of bluesy guitar grooves, and keeps the airy organ from track one. The clapping, as with most the album, is still prominent. This song greatly demonstrates The Wind and The Wave’s ability to build up the sound as the song moves along. This is definitely one of the strongest tracks on the album. Patty, in an honest way, tells us that we can fix ourselves from the previous wreckage in our lives. In essence, from the wreckage, we can build a home. This is a prominent message throughout. The idea that no matter what you’ve been through, you will make it. It’s a strong message, and a very relatable one.
“With Your Two Hands”, the third track and first official single off the record, let’s things speed up a little bit once again, holding the same foot tapping quality we found in track one. This track has an angsty vibe to it. It sounds vengeful, but keeps a fun upbeat tone. The message behind this song is once again one of overcoming your past, and in this case, the demons of a previous relationship. It is a message to that demon, one that tells them, as the song says, that “fools will die alone”.
Song number four has to be, for me, the strongest track on the record. “It’s A Longer Road To California Than I Thought” immediately shows itself as a song you’d want to play on a road-trip, and it only makes sense. Patricia wrote this song on a long road-trip to Cali, and within it’s core is a perfect summery vibe that makes this track the best of the album. “A Longer Road” holds a slower, dancey quality to it, as many of the tracks do, that makes you feel like you’re out in a big open field with the one you love.
“Loyal Friend and Thoughtful Lover” has a strong message within it, and is a perfect example of just how strong and honest Patty’s songwriting ability really is. The track delivers us a story of growing up, and after childhood’s end, going out on your own. “And even though you love me, let me be,” she croons. “I’m sure, I don’t need you anymore”. Like all the track on From The Wreckage, this song is very relatable, an important quality in any piece of music, and The Wind and The Wave execute it perfectly.
A countdown brings us into the softer, slower sixth track, “Every Other Sunday Morning”. This song, almost unlike the other on the album, releases the hopeful feel embedded within and leaves us with a sense of bleakness. This track is very honest, and at the same time, makes you want to slow dance and cry into your lover’s shoulder. It just pierces you, and it is beautiful.
Track seven, “Raising Hands Raising Hell Raise ‘Em High”, brings things back up a bit, leading us into a jam of a song that makes raising hell apparent from the first riff. This is another clap-along track, and is just a blast to listen to.
“When That Fever Takes A Hold On You” once again slows things down. Patty’s voice and lyricism still holds the same accessible quality as the rest of the record, however this track transition things into a more romanticized territory. “When That Fever” is a slow, sexy ballad that tells you to let your worries go, and take your lover, and just be happy. “Everything, it just feels right,” she says. “Baby, let’s get high and fall asleep under the stars. Watch the fire burn until there’s nothing left but sparks. Cause home is anywhere we are”
Track nine, “The Heart It Beats The Thunder Rolls”, is one of those songs that grabs you from the beginning. This time, it’s with the bluesy guitar opening. This, like the title track, showcases the duo’s ability to build things up. This is definitely a slow burn track in the best way, and another sexy one at that. This song is Patty saying “I’m going to make you mine, and I know you want me too.”
The second-to-the-last song on the album, “A Husband And A Wife Should Sleep Together”, opens up with what sounds like a very interesting piece of percussion, and what is in reality a broken piano. This is another slower track that has a slow dance vibe about it. Although the message behind this song is strong, one of love between a man and woman seen through the child’s eyes, the song itself does not feel as strong as many of the precious tracks. However, it is in no way weak. In fact, there really isn’t a weak track on the entire record.
From The Wreckage closes perfectly with “This House Is A Hotel”. Yet again, the message inside is feel good, inspirational. Be worry-free. Let it go. You will make it.
With their debut album, The Wind and The Wave have once again wowed me. It feels like there is a whole story rooted deep within this record, and the story is perfectly told through the pacing. From The Wreckage does a brilliant job of slowing things down, speeding it up, and taking it down again. It’s that quality that makes you want to keep listening, and for good purpose. Every track is relatable. It washes over you, flows right through you, and in all, The Wind and The Wave have delivered. I anticipate their sophomore release, and many more after that.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10