Wednesday ‘I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’ LP
‘I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’ is Wednesday’s second full length album and first as a full band. The Asheville, NC quintet (guitarist / vocalist Karly Hartzman, lead guitarist Daniel Gorham, pedal steel guitarist Xandy Chelmis, bassist Margo Schultz and drummer Alan Miller) maximize the dark dissonance of a three guitar attack to highlight the emotionality of Hartzman’s bell-clear vocals and wisps of half recalled memories and literary references that make up her lyrics.
‘I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’’s eight songs meld elements of shoegaze, grunge, indie pop and Southern American culture into a uniquely personal style of modern rock music that resonates with power and tenderness.
The ever-darkening and deepening of Wednesday’s sound on ‘I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’ owes a debt of influence to The Swirlies, Arthur Russell, Red House Painters, Tenniscoats, Ana Roxanne, Acetone and their continued collaboration with MJ Lenderman (who lends backing vocals to the songs ‘Billboard’ and ‘November’).
‘I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’ was recorded at Hartzman’s home with engineering assistance from her roommate Colin Miller. The depth and clarity of the recordings balance the distorted volume of Wednesday’s live performances with the intimacy of Hartzman’s voice. Her words hold the centre of the chaos, unobscured by the power of the band.
Hartzman describes her lyrics as “attempts to access old personal memories and do them justice through prose, with inspiration from the writings of Richard Brautigan, Flannery O’Connor, David Berman and Tom Robbins, and movies like ‘Steel Magnolias’.”
Wednesday’s albums ‘Twin Plagues’ and ‘I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’ return to vinyl.
Both albums are highly sought after, with LP resale averaging five to ten times the original list price.
‘Twin Plagues’ features the songs ‘Handsome Man’ and ‘Burned Down Dairy Queen’.
‘I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’ features ‘Maura’, ‘Fate Is...’ and ‘November’.
Wednesday will be touring extensively in support of their new album, ‘Rat Saw God’.
Catalogue number: DOC326LP
Label: Dead Oceans