I am back. That’s right folks, I survived the mean streets of West Virginia once again. After a week-long escape from everything, I am back. I have a test already in the class I decided to take this summer so most of this weekend will be focused on studying for that. I am, however, in need of a break so I thought I would hammer out a quick review of a pretty sweet up and coming folk act.
I would imagine that most of my readers know I have a certain love for Austin, TX. I think everyone needs to check out that amazing city at least once in their lifetime. I know I am itching to get back there one day soon. Anyways, I speak of Austin because that is where Brandon Kinder who goes under the moniker The Wealthy West resides.
Many may know Kinder from The Rocketboys, an indie rock group that he supplies lead vocals to. Kinder decided to try something on his own, a more personal folky project he calls The Wealthy West. Fans of soft-spoken indie / folk music (Americana) will really get a kick out of his five song EP entitled Volume 1 – An EP. It is powerful in the heartfelt department and can easily be compared to Ray LaMontange, Joe Purdy, Frightened Rabbit, and even that of the Avett Brothers.
“Love Is Not Enough” starts off the EP with a nice acoustic riff accompanied by piano playing making for a fun track that just seemed to end way too soon. “Another Bad Idea” followed in a more gentle indie rock sound that included background vocals and even chimes.
Once I heard “Give Me Resurrection”, I could not help but think of Purdy and LaMontange as Kinder sings slowly over a faint playing acoustic guitar accompanied by whispering background vocals. The song was really a beautiful piece to check out and had powerful lyrics focusing around the strength of love. “Home” picked things up in the EP with harmonica joining Kinder’s signing. “Not A Pretty Pair” ended the quick EP with a more driven sound throughout although singing of remaining stationary due to lack of time.
It’s no mystery anymore, Americana is where it’s at these days and Kinder has no problem writing his own songs to accompany the latest and greatest of a very solid genre of music. Volume 1 – An EP was a nice and quick listen leaving me, the listener, wanting much more to hear. With only five songs, I am curious to see what else Kinder has to offer in the near future.The Wealthy West - Love Is Not Enough