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Bigfoot Wallace: Cup and Crown EP

Bigfoot Wallace Cup and Crown EP ReviewBigfoot Wallace — Cup and Crown

Release Date (s): July 1
Rating: 4.6/5
Spec Recs: “With and Bear”
In One Word:  Imaginative

Cup and Crown” begins with percussive ticking like a clock and atmospheric guitars drifting in and out. Orchestral ornamentation drape the background as Jon Hubbell sings over the instrumental presentation. If Handsome Ghost wasn’t drowning in auto-tune, it would be Bigfoot Wallace. The song crescendos to a splash at 2:10 that sends you through an electronic whirlwind of sound. Hubbell sings, “It’s enough to shake up / Laugh so loud, you wake up” in the chorus and at its most intense moments. The tune takes a turn of events at 3:19, during a high-energy but slowed-down breakdown. It’s almost as if the gates have opened and the trumpets are roaring and Hubbell’s angelic voice is sailing as you ascend to the unknown. At 5:40 the song almost completely dies but leaves you with a slight glimmer of hanging on. The cello carries you along through this mellow descend. When Hubbell’s voice returns in an auto-tuned disguise, that’s when I think that this is for sure reminiscent of Handsome Ghost. The polyphonic strike of voices singing “sleep it off” is mesmerizing, and it’s hard to believe that all of that was just one song.

Haunting and chilling, “With and Bear” takes a turn toward Radiohead with its experimenting. The droning rooted chord in the background, filled with an amplified brass section and Hubbell’s reverberated voice, mix well. The harmonies are perfect, which is my musical weakness. The airy finger-picking of the guitar drifts in and out between Hubbell’s dreamy voice. If Radiohead’s “Videotape” and Volcano Choir’s entire Repave album were mashed together, it’d be this track. The subtle piano ending with its whistling ambiance is the perfect sendoff for this emotional track.

I Am and I’m Not” begins with lush finger picking on the guitar and a sultry cello swelling in and out before Hubbell sings with a shakiness in his voice. The whole tune is 100 percent beautiful, as he weaves in and out of musical consciousness and poses the hard-hitting questions. At 3:16, the tune swirls into a realm of color from the dreary unknown. Cymbals crash and guitars burst as Hubbell continues on this existential quest. It’s as if we fell down the rabbit hole and Hubbell is introducing us to a whole new light of music.

Purchase or stream Bigfoot Wallace’s Cup and Crown EP on Bandcamp.

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