Wedlock - Continuity
- Artist: Wedlock
- Album: Continuity
- Label: Kounterfeit Records
- Year of Release: 2009
- ME Rating:
- Reviewed by: archelon on 2009-09-19
'Continuity' may very well turn out to be a career-defining record for Wedlock, and not just because of Indie Of The Year 2009. This work seems more flowing, smoother and more swaying than their others - probably due to their being able to actually sit down and write. Electropop is still on it's way up, and they have managed to get a fresh sound out of the movement, akin to a lighter Depeche Mode.
The main thing that strikes me about this is the seemingly endless creativity of the beats. There's a different toe-tap to every track, sometimes two of three and this really helps to give the music a point of difference. Electro-pop is hard to do originally, mainly because artists tend to fall back on tried-and-tested beats and instrumentation but Jeff and Pul are clearly masters of the art as well as the craft - the cascading synths and overlapping electronic handclaps are perfectly placed.
This review wouldn't be complete without a little section on Paul Allgood's voice as well - it's the centrepiece of the whole album this time and it serves them well, pinning the sound down and making it even more danceable. The scope of this seems to cover quite a few electro bases - trippy house beats run over slippy disco and it's certainly cutting edge stuff. It needs a little polish still - parts of the sound are (as yet) undeveloped and unexplored, but that's the beauty of acts like Wedlock - room to grow. If such a thing as avant garde were ever possible in electro, they just might have done it.
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on 2009-10-25 command29 Said:
I can say what I like on this record and what I don't.First off, it's a fairly well put together attempt at some alt/pop with electronic edge-and even some funk-which was kind of an odd juxtaposition(Easy) that did not quite flow.I thought the core pulse and rhythms passed muster and I liked what they were singing about."Octagon" is cute especially with the computerised(?) female voice-over and icy synth-line on the hook.
What they need next time to my ear is some way to make it more like what you'd hear on the radio beyond college.
Just boom it up more fellas! Make it hot. I don't do music at all;I just smoke herb and listen but yeah, it should sound more like you got it done up in one of those slick places that do mastering or something.Just .02, good vibes though, good luck!
on 2009-10-24 qualifier Said:
I agree slightly with DScanland, except Wedlock's "Continuity" deserves more like an "8," because while this record doesn't have the spitfire shine of what many electro pop punters attempt at; it's got good foundation.Make mine an "8."
on 2009-10-24 delhifile Said:
I know there isn't a record int he world that's really a perfect ten to my ears, but these guys have taken some on here.
There was a poster who gave them 4/5; and I 'll hop on board with that mainly because I don't hear any of the other bands doing much like it.Not taking away from other genres; but electro-pop is harder to pull off,'cos it doesn't fall to just shoe gaze-it don't fall to crunch guitar distort neither.It en-trains your heartbeat.Wedlock ain't perfect here-and the record could do with another knob tweak; but let them keep on doing the do.
on 2009-10-22 dscanland Said:
I do think that Continuity is a nice improvement over Wedlock's previous album. I would say the band still has a way to go in order to perfect what they are working on. But yes, no need to be giving this album 1/10. That's a score reserved for the absolute crap. Good luck guys!
on 2009-10-22 slezak Said:
Now we've been peeking in every now and then on this and it seems like when Wedlock was on top, another band was leaving them poor scores presumably without even listening to the music.Now, come back a few weeks later and they are again in a close race, and I see more negative things about the band.They don't need a listener to me to defend them, but as one who genuinely listens to music on this site,I feel they have been slighted for things non-music related. Electro is the genre blended with pop and soul; dare I say creative melody and themes in the writing.If you don't like the material, at least don't be such poor sport and antagonistic toward music you don't fancy.Just my .02 as a fan of electronic pop.
on 2009-10-21 fortuneandspirits Said:
We're really sorry.
on 2009-10-21 presi Said:
This is pure audio garbage.If I had another rating, it would be a zero out of ten, and I don't know how this group could even make this contest let alone reach number 2.You suck!
on 2009-10-20 roesalded Said:
This is one of those outfits that may go under the radar.3 releases, and I am just now seeing them making indie moves.I think the unit is tight, could do with some spitfire sheen in the end, but if you like electronic stuff with a pop/soul bend, it's got some audio benefit.Will be underrated as a "darling,"but let them keep on and hear what happens next.
on 2009-10-13 pamere Said:
These tracks needn't slip through the cracks, the music doesn't lack, and it takes you there and back, as a matter of fact,from the opening door to the final act.
on 2009-10-12 schmidt Said:
Don't hate it 'cos you can't get with it.Let these cats get some real polish behind them and I bet the next record might even be better than this one, and I liked it as it is.They also let people hear and download it.Worth it to me.
on 2009-10-12 courtsl Said:
I actually saw some jack*** giving these guys like 6's and 7's.To each their own, but I think the record's got some tones and beats to it.Never heard of, but nice on them!
on 2009-10-12 lrworthy Said:
Give this thing a listen, I found their rhythm and pulse to be right on point, quirky, a little dusty, but would buy it!
on 2009-10-11 decedent Said:
Super stuff to my ears, would love to see them perform live in my area!
on 2009-10-11 pianobcs Said:
I have to agree with Recordharlot; that you don't have to have guitars to be a viable pop band. Wedlock is a keyboard, bass and beat driven band. Put Paul's haunting melodies and engaging lyrics on top and you've got something unique.
I hear overtones of the 80's (one track is 70's FUNKY) and beats of the nineties that come together and form NOW! The live bass feel over electronic beats with keyboard melodies make a nice bed for socially and politically charged lyrics to lay in. My personal favorites are Octogon, Queen for a day and Safety. All the material on Continuity is very strong.
These guys deliver live as well; getting into territory usually reserved for live DJs. Watch out DJs! Wedlock might steal a gig or two!
on 2009-10-11 withbur Said:
Man, I could listen to this kind of audio candy all day-really couples the sweet and sour on the electro, nice!
on 2009-10-11 arnle Said:
Smooth sounds with that electro edge, can't wait till they come out with some more polished sounding electronic goodies!
on 2009-10-11 viking1 Said:
This band does some good work.I enjoyed getting it from the message board and it even included lyrics there.I want to get hold of my own copy soon.
on 2009-10-11 hrothgar Said:
Good one, Wedlock, keep doing what you do, excited that someone wants to try something that excites my ears!
on 2009-10-11 tagore Said:
Definitely support this band if you enjoy a combination of electronic and pop melded together.
on 2009-10-10 jhdawson Said:
Nice album. Good beats and lyrics.
on 2009-10-09 exactly Said:
on 2009-10-09 lindas Said:
Nice beats,poetry, wish it had more "shine" to it.
on 2009-10-09 reliab Said:
This album has some good stuff on it, excited to have it come out!
on 2009-10-08 sedij Said:
I love how this new material sounds, and I like their direction, it just needs some fine tuning-to my ears-good stuff though!
on 2009-10-05 vardd Said:
on 2009-10-05 giuliani Said:
I am looking forward to being able to download this-I like the atmosphere of the music.
on 2009-10-05 duetsf Said:
Really god stuff coming from Chapel Hill!
on 2009-10-04 styleb Said:
Definitely going to be good!
on 2009-10-04 paradine Said:
This is going to be a nice one when it comes out!
on 2009-10-04 sugarman Said:
Good record coming out!
on 2009-10-03 wiking Said:
Anyone who likes electronic pop shouls give these guys a listen. 10/10=11.00
on 2009-10-03 linhthu Said:
Now, I LISTENED, and this album has some good ideas on it.Wish it were more polished, but they will get better.
on 2009-10-02 downyl Said:
Already pre-ordered from Amazon, and I think this will be a good album for them.
on 2009-10-02 phonemic Said:
This is a good record; and I want to hear more of them-I was pleasantly surprised.
on 2009-09-28 recordharlot Said:
The climate seems hostile and there is seemingly a backlash every time a band comes out with something you'd call "electronic pop."My question is "why?" What's really wrong with a band that makes use of synthesizers in such a way that renders use of guitars and such animals a little bit obsolete for its purposes in pop?I don't think there's a damned thing wrong with going into a studio and writing a record that turns out some intelligible ideas, hooky, melodies, and nice beats.In the end, that's why I gave Wedlock's CONTINUITY a 9/10, because I think this particular recording for one is way better than their last-and it's just a nod to bands that want to make electronic pop music in general. My favourites on this one are "Addition By Subtraction," "Octagon," and "Queen For A Day." I think these have strong lyrical content, and are interesting to my ear musically.One criticism I 'd have of this recording is that it needs some polish; I would agree with the 4/5 rating "Emmy" gave.There's no way you're going to come out on the scene in electro pop and be as successful with a record that sounds a little less than polished.That's just my view on it; I like Wedlock's general direction but feel like the mix could have been more "pop," or more "dance," or more "radio-something."I am not sure I am putting it into the right technical language, but polish is what mainly comes to mind.Let them get some love starting with an average listener like me, and one by one I think they'll keep gaining support.
on 2009-09-28 recordharlot Said:
Overall nice body of work, and a good listen!
on 2009-09-24 ilovesitethis Said:
I had never really even heard of this group before, but I do like their sound. The vocal on it is intelligible; pretty well mixed, could have been a slicker production- did not understand the 70s sound on "Easy," thought it might go on another album-but I still say go download it; buy it, somehow try and hear it.
on 2009-09-24 vnexpredd Said:
I think this is a solid effort on Wedlock's part this time out compared to the last one they did. I like the writing and the production way better .I like what they are saying.. or at least what I THINK they are trying to say.At least they are trying to say SOMETHING......
on 2009-09-24 musicaimer Said:
I love what Wedlock is doing, it's better production than their last- just tighter in general- I agree with Emmy, it's a good one to be sure.
on 2009-09-24 deadzoners Said:
This album by this band is well off, I love their genuine attempt at
doing electronic pop even with a bit of a live feel to it.It shows you don't need guitars to fake sounding "credible."
on 2009-09-20 Audiophilia Said:
And I forgot to say that I like their little video with them talking i it about the record,'cos it makes them seem like they are releasing one for real and not just saying they are.The dude who directed if it was not Wedlock is pretty good.And I wish I knew the girl in it too.She's foxy-and I think I know what psycho-candy is now, too.
on 2009-09-20 Audiophilia Said:
Okay, hand to the Discordia-cos everything I say is at least some version of the truth.I am a cheap bastard but love music.I heard about this group 'cos I used to stay in Richmond,VA, and though their tnes were groovy, but not much else.
Now, later on, I find it kind of cool that you can still find a group doing music like this.I'm just like everybody else these day on saving my money 'cos most times groups have like one good tune and the rest is small.These guys, Lee, Baxter, and Paul have a good record all the way through this time for this label.I especially like the different topics they sing about.I like seeing colors too-and I have often though that evangelicals who smoke wang in private and then go preach were lame.If I wanna smoke pole I'll do it, but then I won't lie so much about it."Witnesses"has a good synth line, and to me this record is nice all the way through 'cos it takes no shorts.If I am going to pay for something, I might really do it 'cos the record has kicks to it and with me being ADD it's hard for me to think too much at once.But this record flows well.No record is ever a ten in real life, so Igave it a "9,"'cos then maybe they'll do an even better one next time.If you pay for music, you should buy this off these guys.
on 2009-09-20 leeway Said:
I am always waiting for new songs from this band, and here they are and with a fresh sound. Good review and all very true, but who are Jeff and Pul. This band has been through a few member changes over the 3 or 4 years they have been together. The line up on this album is Paul Allgood (Vox), Baxter Smith (Keys, Programming), and Lee Whitsel (Bass,Programming). The reason this sound is more cohesive is they did just what the reviewer said. They sat down and wrote tunes as a team, produced it as a team, and recorded all on their own in Lee Whitsel's studio CinderHouse Music. They have added new dimensions to the already great sound that is Wedlock and changed it for the better in the process by making the process of writing songs a cohesive product of team work. If know these guys, and I feel like I do from listening to these new songs, they have miles of room to grow. So keep listening and get out and hit the dance floor even if it might be your own living room rug.
on 2009-09-17 sourgrapes Said:
We will here lots more from these guys. Check out and listen for yourself. Good production, nice lyrics, and beats. I need to here more. Check the website.
on 2009-09-17 Wedlock Said:
Quoting "Jack The Lad":
From His September Edition Blog.
" I was around when Wedlock had to go through the first rough patch by ME.I thought it was a bit rough going, and 2.5 was OK,but when I bought it on Amazon I found it to be a little better.I would have gone with a three star or higher rating.What I had banked on, however, is that sometimes bands become more determined if there's a chance things can improve with the next outing.
Wedlock has their own message board, and have generously put streams up s they can be heard along with the lyrical content-and even a book of the lyrics online.I was pleasantly surprised to hear what they came back with.I didn't know the other band members Allgood associated himself with this go round, but they seem like good chaps.It's a 3 piece minus their female drummer, but the programmed -driven beats to me are brilliant.I am the type bloke who is always into smaller acts who make a big splash.Let me cite that Fine Young Cannibals were essentially a 3 piece but what they had worked out well. I think if these boys keep recording, we're going to find some evidence of that in future material.My personal favorites were 'Addition,"because of its defiant and stomping bassline, and "Octagon," because Allgood was singing about something naughty and I dug that computerised chick's vocal. This is a nice piece of work and I hope this time round it gets a better listen; and failing that, some love in the pop charts.After all there's nothing wrong with releasing a radio-friendly tune or two to see what you can do as a small piece.Good one over here.I'll publicly say 10/10-although in my heart there's always room to improve and something to strive for."
There's No Room For Others In My BlogWorld, 9/09/09 and beyond.
on 2009-09-16 drabdevil Said:
Highly danceable creative sound, which is unlike any other. Wide range of material with electronic yet live sound, and that bass on "Octagon". Wow! Good Stuff.
on 2009-09-13 cmowens Said:
..LOVED WITNESSES/GOOD HARD DRIVING SERIOUS MESSAGE/GREAT PULSE ALL THE WAY THRU/PUSHES THE MUSIC AT JUST THE RIGHT BALANCE/GOOD VOCAL AND CHORD PROGRESSIONS (DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THEY WERE GOING BUT IT WORKED.LIKE STEELY ON SPEED.
on 2009-09-13 msjulie2003 Said:
I'm just going to lay out that this record is a workman's type of record with a live feel and an electronic signature.Allgood, Whitsel,Smith finally got the true opportunity to sit down and write something entirely on their own without being hampered by a shuffled line up.It was unencumbered by negativity and ego this time.I think the end result in "Continuity" shows up in the sheer tightness and cohesion of the tracks.We can admit now that on 2008's Exogamy there were a couple of nice cuts-yet it was spotty; and this was because some of the sessions were at Sound of Music studios in Richmond with John Morand engineering, and some were engineered by Jason Merritt in Carrboro,NC.Both are great soundmen, but style is important for sonic fluidity. "Addition By Subtraction," "Octagon"(w/ Alison Davis),and "Easy Weekend are all good numbers that to my ears sound like three mates doing it in the studio all together as a band this time round.You'll like these 10 cuts if you enjoy a nice accessible listening under 40 minutes.Nice one over here.