Boxes ‘Stickers’ – album review

Boxes ‘Stickers’ (Bow Music)
CD/LP/DL
Out Now.

A new album from multi instrumentalist Boxes, was released 2 weeks ago. Below Joe Whyte reviews the album for us.

This is the second release from multi instrumentalist Carey Willetts, aka Boxes. If you’re a fan of Bon Iver’s emotion-drenched angst, this one might be for you. Replacing Bon Iver’s folky guitar with electronica and post rock axe-wrangling, Boxes delivers an album of angsty, arty pop.

Opener ”˜One’ begins as a dainty, instrumental electro breeze, before dissolving into Slint-like guitar warfare. It’s short, to the point and rather good.

Willetts introduces his winsome vocal on the following tracks and ”˜Red Skies’ has an almost anthemic slant to the choruses. The electronica slides and weaves easily in with the piano and guitars giving a rich, layered quality to songs which would probably sound as full with just voice and acoustic guitar.

I particularly like ”˜Between Whisky And Snow’. Lyrics of bitterness and wild drinking nights that spiral between strangled, feedbacking guitars and mind-melting synths sound, at times, like redemption for Willetts. The album has a dark, twisted core to it’s songwriting. This is clearly not a man entirely at peace with himself.

”˜Sharks’ is perhaps the central tenet to the album. Written as a response to “friends”who assumed his first single was an admission of infidelity, the piano-led song shoots shards of gentle strings that lend a melancholy that’s difficult to ignore. ”I’m still here”, Willetts croons in the refrain.

Lets hope he stays.

All words by Joe Whyte. More features by Joe can be found here.

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