Photo by Robert Beatty
One of my biggest regrets is that I don’t have more hours in the day to cover Lexington’s constantly awesome music community. I do my best, but sometimes a few releases slip through. Ironically, this time it’s one of the bigger bands to come out of Lexington. Warmer Milks’ Soft Walks is unlike anything I’ve ever heard from them.
MP3: Warmer Milks – Wild Spring
Having seen Warmer Milks a few times in concert, I’ve learned that they’re pretty hard to anticipate. I’ve seen them play shows that were like a less aggressive noise show, shows that were pretty much rock and shows that were like ambient folk. However, I’ve never seen them quite like they are on Soft Walks. Mikey T sounds like Will Sheff of Okkervil River used to (and I mean that in a good way), and the band sounds like they’re scooping out their favorite parts of several genres and mixing them as they see fit — a freedom that’s always a good thing. On “Wild Spring,” those portions seem to be culled from areas that will appeal to fans of Will Oldham, Okkervil River and psych-folk. I think this is what it sounds like to drown in a forest.