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Reviewed by Amy Maynard

Bryce Wastney: True North

Reviewed by Amy Maynard

Bryce Wastney: True North

Nelson-born Bryce Wastney released this third album with the help of award-winning producer Ryan Beehre, known from electronic act Minuit.

Among the ‘True North’ liner notes Wastney writes that in order to better understand these songs you should read Jeremiah 29: 11-14, and from the opening toe tapper World Gone Mad, the powerful lyrics of The Hurricane, through to the heartfelt harmonies in Hearts On Fire, this album takes you on a journey of being lost and found as the bible verse suggests.

Beehre’s involvement has allowed Wastney to branch out from his previous albums by including the use of driving electronic drums and scintillating synth lines, while still maintaining the acoustic feel throughout, by keeping his guitar and vocals front and centre.

The closing track Evenflow perfectly blends all of these ideas together and is my personal favourite song off the album. The hypnotic swell of Beehre’s synth lines weave around Wastney’s tasteful guitar hooks and intertwine with an uplifting melody.

Produced by Wastney himself, mixed and mastered by Beehre in Nelson, this album has an overall polished and well-rounded sound that is very easy to enjoy.

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