After eight spins I’m still not sure how I feel about this record. The Wych Elm are a three-piece out of Des Moines, Iowa who incorporate keyboard elements into their music. I wouldn’t say there is anything really “punk” about their record per say; there are songs about an Egyptian deity, being upset when someone interrupts you, and an anthropologist? My favorite thing about the whole album is their song “Strawberry.” It is a great summer anthem: bright and poppy with images of bare knees, sugar, and a soft breeze in the wind. This is one of the records where I find myself enjoying the parts individually more than as a whole. Tyler has a great singing voice, the keys are pretty and a nice change of pace, and the drumming is simple and digestible. For me, this is a perfect background noise record to zone out to.
–Kayla Greet (Self-released, [email protected])