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Mike Wexler, a Brooklyn based psych-folk superhero with a cache of soft yet penetrating melodies, has composed a 5 song EP of masterfully crafted tunes for release on - I and Ear Records, a debut for both artist and label. Capturing the attention his talents deserve at an alarming rate, the name Mike Wexler continues to chime through conversations here and abroad. Arranged with the help of Jordi Wheeler (The Occasion) and engineered by Charles Burst (Black Dice, Wolf Eyes, Gang Gang Dance) Wexler creates guitar-based and lyrical arrangements both approachable and spellbinding. "(Mike Wexler) The next big name on the new-folk scene is a deeply engaging singer-songwriter free of affectations... with the most gorgeously sandy-textured voice we've heard in ages" - Time Out NY
"Mike Wexler is a solo singer-songwriter with the most gorgeously sandy-textured voice we've heard in ages." -- Time Out NY
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Certainly, I have not been disappointed, although I would not immediately associate Wexler's style with the new wave Folk people I mentioned before. Rather, it brought memories of older and somewhat obscure practitioners of the genre, Specifically, I thought of Duncan Browne and Pearls Before Swine, both British exponents of some of the most interesting Folk to come out of England in the Sixties. That said, this debut is worthwhile in its own merits and, being only the beginning, marks a singer and songwriter which I'm planning to keep tabs on.
Of the five songs included in this EP, I believe that the opener, "I'd Like to Solve the Puzzle," is the most remarkable one from this small bundle. A song which casts its spell softly, yet may have you return to it even before you played the next track.
The rest of the album, as I said, is rather promising too, and have several quite beautiful moments although, at least for me, they don't reach the level of the first song.
Altogether, this a recommended and economic purchase -probably this guy and the label can use your support- which is unlikely to disappoint those among you interested in new Folk voices with something to say and no need to shout.