Winfred E. Eye has been at it for a decade now and in
musical terms that’s a long time. In
large part, the group’s longevity likely has much to do with the creative force
of duo Mikel Garmendia and Aaron Calvert, who have piloted the Eye-ship with
ever-evolving crewmembers unfurling the various musical sails.
What Winfred does is a less self-consciously weird Tom
Waits, a mellow vibe more akin to an Americana-soaked Heart of Saturday Night than Swordfishtrombones. It’s a good sound: moody and yet holding a
clear sense of melody. On their latest, Til I Prune, Winfred E. Eye has
distilled that sound into a gem of rare and wonderful clarity. On the album’s strongest tunes, such as the
heartbreaking “Sleeping,” the band displays a clear sense of restraint that
drives the melody forward with subtlety and grace. Well, done, gentlemen.
“Sleeping,” “Sweet Poison” CHRISTIAN