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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 ”ËœOne’ 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 ”ËœRed 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 ”ËœBetween 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.

”ËœSharks’ 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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Joe Whyte is guitarist with punk rockin' Johnny Cash tribute Jericho Hill and reformed 70's punks Reaction. He has formerly played with End Result, Reverend Snakehips Country Messiahs, God-Fearing Atheists and many, many other failed attempts at rock notoriety. Joe also writes for Vive Le Rock and Louder Than War magazine. He lives in Glasgow and in his other less glamorous life works in mental health.


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