Wooden Wand – “Perch Modifier”

Wooden Wand - Harem of the Sundrum & The Witness Figg

Harem of the Sundrum & the Witness Figg was the first solo album from Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth who previously recorded and performed with the now disbanded group The Vanishing Voice. Released on Soft Abuse Records, Toth is an artist whose range stretches from the experimental to psychedelic country-folk.

“Perch Modifier” offers a melodic echo, along side slow guitar plucking that digs to the root of human emotion. It’s a track like this, number two off of Harem of the Sundrum & the Witness Figg that cradles the likes of Bon Iver and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. A gentle hiss underneath the song gives it a rustic home-made feel, with vocal harmonies that whisper from ear to ear.

Toth battles with his own decisions and in the end leaves it to the listener. The tracks begins with, “go and give ’em hell, or don’t go give ’em hell”. And later, “go and take the time, or do not take the time”. He lets us know that even when we’re left to our own devices, we can still rejoice in the new day.

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