Hudson Welch – Mute Siren

Hudson Welch
Mute Siren

Charlotte, N.C. musician Hudson Welch wrote a long and rambling piece on his MP3.com page, talking about his musical upbringing and his inspiration by everything from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Iron Butterfly and Hawaiian pop. I suspect there’s bits of that in all of his music, but the predominant feel on “Mute Siren” is of soaring and moody pop music, the kind Peter Gabriel dabbled in for a while once he got out of the 80s big-pop sound. And it works exceedingly well with Welch’s soft yet smooth vocals.

“Mute Siren” is an extraordinarily pleasant listen. Riding some soaring keys and guitars, it simultaneously feels like Peter Gabriel and (The Real) Tuesday Weld. Welch’s vocals are quiet, mixing in nicely with the music as his guitars – simple and melodic – serve as a lovely accompaniement to the keys. Around this, the synthesized-sounding beats keep up a colder, harsher environment, lending an electronic flare to the album. Starting off quiet and more akin to a 50’s show tune, it ends more urgent and moody, with the keys taking a bit of an eerie feel, and I’m reminded of A Whisper in the Noise.

“Mute Siren” is a nice song, bringing in bits of earlier pop sounds to a more modern and electronic feel. It may be the most modern sounding of Welch’s music. Some of his other songs sound like he’s trying just a bit too hard, mostly in the vocal area, but on “Mute Siren” he gets it just right. Welch is involved with a North Carolina group called GRASS – The Garage Recording Artists Society, which sounds like a worthy project and may be worth checking out for readers in that neighborhood.