Wish and the Well
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Catching the spirit of pioneering roots artists like the Byrds, Gram Parsons and the Band, Southern California revivalists Wish and the Well released their ambitious and utterly stunning debut, “Darling, Darling,” in January, 2017.
Convening the sparse, elegant song structures of Americana with vibrant swaths of blues, soul and classic rock, the San Diego-based quartet have conjured a sound as arresting as it is weirdly beautiful.
Co-founded in 2015 by guitarist and principal songwriter Corey Leal and keys/pedal steel player Dillon Casey, Wish and the Well draw deeply from a wide spectrum of influences, ranging from Son House to Sam Cooke to Hank Williams, synthesizing these timeless styles into a sound that pays homage to the past while bringing it squarely into the here and now.
Sidestepping any attempt to pigeonhole their sound into a single genre, Corey says, “Americana seems to be the easiest term to throw at us because we’re not a rock and roll band and we’re not a country band.”
And yet what pitches Wish and the Well far beyond today’s rank and file Americana outfits are the ethereal melodic textures that emerge through the playing of lead guitarist Steven Crowle and Corey’s inventive acoustic riffs, creating a sound that owes as much to the Temptations as to Johnny Cash.
Tracks like “Orange Grove” burst with wide-eyed rustic fervor and sun-drenched hooks that invest each song with a warm intimacy. Elsewhere, songs like “Empty Vessel” tap into the vintage FM sound of the ’70s, with a syrupy pedal steel drizzling achingly gorgeous melodies over Corey’s easy West Coast croon.