Close your eyes when you press play on psych-R&B Wake Child’s “In the End”

Close your eyes when you press play on this one, and tell me it doesn’t feel like the band is in the room with you. Wake Child – a Boston-based, Berklee College of Music bred trio – are pushing Psych/R&B in a big way, and the only thing more natural than their sound is their chemistry, as we experience here on their debut single, “In the End”.

There’s no substitute for raw musicianship, and yet, musicianship is no substitute for good songwriting. Fortunately, the members of Wake ChildDanny Silberstein, Terrell Hines, and Austin Max – excel in both areas. “In the End” is a gentle trip travelled boldly, from the first intoxicatingly groovy guitar riff, to the impossible shuffles, and all the way through a smooth array of smoky vocals.

Wake Child‘s “In the End” feels like a masterfully layered, thoroughly full-bodied musical reassurance that everything is going to turn out okay.

Despite a whiff of Snarky Puppy’s jazziness here, and a note of Tame Impala’s psychedelic texturing there, the sum of Wake Child’s influence is unmistakably their own concoction. It’s like hearing the skill of a band only musicians listen to crash into the infectious appeal of a band everyone listens to.

Wake Child’s debut album is coming; we just don’t know when. What we do know is that it’s a dot on the horizon worth anticipating with a healthy dose of excitement, as the trio’s first impression has proven to be quite an impression indeed.

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