Over the years, musician Kyle Connolly has played in a number of other people’s bands, including Beliefs, Breeze, and Milk Lines. That whole time, however, he was writing songs of his own. Adopting the moniker WISH, Connolly recently cleared space in his calendar to spend a few days at Toronto’s Candle Recording Studio. Not long after he arrived, Connolly was abruptly joined by a few local buddies, including other members of Beliefs and Milk Lines, who rounded out WISH’s official lineup.
The collective ended up spending just two days in the studio, writing and collaborating as a unit while Connolly served as both producer and guiding force. Though they never agreed on a specific aesthetic, the rag-tag band quickly found several threads of commonality: Their unbridled and spontaneous blend of psych rock and dream pop drew on everyone from Neu! to King Khan, Pavement to Meat Puppets. Following a few additional days for mixing, WISH had completed their debut self-titled album.
Before that nine-track album hits shelves next week, it’s streaming in full below. Though that certain air of lo-fi grit may recall Connolly’s other bands, WISH is a different breed entirely. Hiding under all that fuzz are jagged alt rock riffs, glowing pop harmonies, punkish snarl, bits of prog rock grandeur, and specks of the blues and industrial. Still, getting lost in the haze of psychedelic grooves and guitar heroics misses the cohesion and the deep, panging emotions that abound throughout. Standout tracks include “Slacker”, “unknowns”, and “Retro Grade”.
Wish the album is due out August 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula. Pre-orders are ongoing.