Pelvis Wrestley Continues to Master their Synth-Country Sound With their Latest Album

Pelvis Wrestley Continues to Master their Synth-Country Sound With their Latest Album

February 20, 2024 in DJ Picks

by Matty G

Pelvis Wrestley has been a major draw almost since they began playing in 2018, standing out with their distinctive fusion of synth-pop and country. In their latest album, ANDY, or; The Four Horsegirls of the Apocalypse, they explore the dimensions of their sound carefully and with enduring flair.

The opening track, “Found a Friend,” seems to operate like a gate with glistening doors, guarding their creativity and slowly displaying it until it comes at you with full force.

ANDY’s first impression is fuelled by a steady beat and accentuated by atmospheric echoes and bandleader Jammy Violet’s profound lyricism. “Found a Friend” immediately builds anticipation for the rest of the album.

ANDY, or; The Four Horesgirls of the Apocalypse is vibrant and undeniably fun.

There are instances where it seems like it was retrieved from a vault of long-lost 80s synth-pop music, particularly through the instrumentation at the beginning of “No One You Know” and through the guitar riffs in “Act2ualize.” These tracks are also underscored with mystically madcap keyboard sounds, which are amusingly eccentric in a Sparks-esque fashion.

However, ANDY’s nostalgic sound also shines through its use of country influences.

This becomes clear through the wistful sounds in “Drawbridge,” with a chorus like an old serenade as Violet calls for someone to make the move, saying, “Every day, I wake up from a dream of you and me, shoulder to shoulder.” It’s romantic, like a song that could be played on a sentimental Sunday afternoon.

“Horse Dreams,” the centermost track, is indisputably a standout; it is so full in its sound.

Violet sings of how they are waiting for a “horse with wings,” a symbol of imagination in Greek mythology, perfectly suited for an album that has successfully actualized imaginative concepts. For instance, the song’s bridge feels like it is inventing its own world; during the bridge, the drums and steel guitar set down its foundation and allow the electric guitar to soar, like a horse flying above the horizon.

The album thrives with conviction through its latter tracks; “Open Letter” is a confident confessional with a powerful drooping bridge, and “Revenge” is a powerful anthem. The end of the song is a reassuring ode to owning one’s identity, as Violet sings, “In heaven, I would still be queer, revenging in the name of love.”

Pelvis Wrestley | Pic Cred: Raul Buitrago

PC: Raul Buitrago

The titular track, “Andy,” is enchanting, with beautiful storytelling and violin accompanying it.

I will probably derive a new meaning from "Andy" each time I listen. It could be about the complicated relationship with hope, courage, religion – I could even see it being about old friends. It’s endlessly captivating, as Violet sings “I wanna feel whole, I get a little closer every day, But then I lose control, And let the current take me,” showcasing its mystery as they chase fulfillment.

The final track, “World is a Bucking Horse,” feels intentional in its placement. It allows the album to be bookended with experimentation, energy, and excitement as Violet delivers a closing monologue to an important chapter in their life. It serves as a light and airy reminder to persevere amid one's tribulations, which lies at the core of this album.

Moreover, there were elements to this album that I connected with on a personal level.

I cherish country music; I always have, despite how much I have tried to deny it over the years. It reminds me of the country songs my dad would write, echoing in the background of my childhood as he sang them to me.

But it also reminds me of America, in the best and the worst ways, in the ways that have caused me to become disillusioned with certain aspects of my identity. Pelvis Wrestley seems to have captured these feelings and realities of mine and laced them in the seams of their music.

They have recognized the fundamentally American nature of country music and transformed it into so much more, something unique, vibrant, and queer; it’s beautiful.

Check out Pelvis Wrestley here!

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