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Friday 1st Nov 2024



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Wand regenerates again with their most ambitious work yet: Vertigo, out July 26th. Turning from their Plum/Laughing Matter-era quintet, Wand now emerges in quartet form (Evan Backer, Evan Burrows, Robbie Cody, Cory Hanson) with a noir-tinged record looming with tension, theatrical elevation, and lush orchestration. With today’s announcement, Wand reveal a new single/video “Smile”.

Vertigo is the sound of feet lost, regained, and lost again: a vision of Wand that is more automatic, associative, and direct than ever before. Determined to work backwards (or at least inside-out) this time, Wand tracked Vertigo in their own meticulously-built studio, cutting pieces from over 50 hours of live improvisations and writing from within their performances to reshape each track. Along the way, each member took on a new position in addition to the old one during the process — an intuitive, strangely ego-less approach that spun them into uncharted territory. To reach Vertigo, the four committed and recommitted, unafraid to eject in a constant positive forward momentum, until a record formed: a pulpy, atmospheric flight through the fog, where the songs slide cuts of genus and genii, captured beatscape and soundtrack, and found melody on anxious rock beats pulled into the ether and spurt back out again. Vertigo was recorded, produced and mixed entirely by the band, scored to cinematic effect with strings and winds arranged by Evan Backer: viola, cello, violin, contrabass, flute, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, saxophone, and sensory percussion. 

“Smile”, the first single, is guitar-forward, but infused with grainy keyboard texture and floating in space with helium-fired elegance. Rubbing deeply personal admissions against the icy velvet backdrop of universality, Cory engages with a chaste, winsome vocal melody as the band arcs through the mist. Paired with the sounds of “Smile” is a boggish, eerie music video from director/animator Connor Clarke and Slips Studios.

Wand lifts the curtain for Vertigo on July 26th, available on LP/CD/CS and streaming. But wait no more than a few weeks for the live engagements to begin: Wand tour the USA and Canada before rolling right on into the UK and Europe this Autumn.