Album Review: “Leap, Timber, Leap” conjures up honest emotion

Natalie Montaner/Contributing Writer 

Wires in the Walls’ 2013 sophomore release, “Leap, Timber Leap,” is a well-constructed follow up to its debut album and shows that this young band has tremendous promise. Relatively unknown and lacking exposure throughout the world of online media, Wires in the Walls is indie buried treasure just sitting and waiting to be discovered.

Aside from the band’s own social media accounts and the sporadic underground online magazine post, there isn’t single large exposure Wikipedia page or “Pitchfork,” “Spin” or “AP” review shedding some insight or shining the limelight onto this band.

Whether strategically intended by them or not, they’re flying under the radar. However, regardless of exposure, LA-based Wires in the Walls brings in a blend of indie rock, Americana and perhaps even a bit of post-rock, and is surely one to check out.

Melodic, twinkling guitars flow throughout this charming EP and leave listeners feeling hopeful. A common trend throughout this four-track production is their ability to evoke this heartfelt emotion (think Explosions in the Sky, except with lyrical content and not as powerful) and allow fans to not only hear the music, but also truly feel it.

Easily the most powerful song on the EP, “In the Rain” kicks off with a dreamy, harmonious guitar bit that paves the road and makes way for Warren Sroka’s soothing vocals.

The guitar and vocal pairing complement one another in a way that is truly majestic and cinematic, taking listeners through an emotional journey. Beautiful and melancholic, “In the Rain” is easily an indie work of art.

“Roadshow,” a more upbeat and cheery track, seems to be the prime example of what this quintet is striving to achieve. Musically, it sheds a little of the melancholic vibes and is unbelievably hopeful, urging one to feel that things are finally starting to look up.

It’s not an easy feat to cultivate and promote such an emotional and cognitive experience through song, but Wires in the Walls manage it well and leave listeners wanting more. “Leap, Timber, Leap” is an easy listen, drawing listeners in with beautiful compositions and an ability to stir up raw emotion.

This music isn’t just entertainment for the ears; it’s food for the soul. 

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