Monthly Archives: May 2016

Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Velvet Grapes – El No Puede

This Ball of Wax has brought out more experimental sounds then in any recent edition. Listening to the mix may in fact leave you strait-jacket mad. Velvet Grapes‘ “El No Puede” walks you through a dream state. Background sounds galore. … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Kelly Morgan – Way Down

“Way Down” opens with an uneasy gurgling of voices that sound like the creeping nightlife in a jungle. That gurgle persists like a vamp, looping as sonic foundation underneath a handful of voices weaving around each other, singing the words “Way … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Amanda Winterhalter – Sugar Water

I first met Amanda Winterhalter through the Bushwick Book Club, so it’s fitting that her first song with Ball of Wax is a Bushwick song. In fact, the night I saw her play this song – we were both performing … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: The Lonely Coast with Annie Ford – The Ravens’ Feast

“The Ravens’ Feast” sounds like a timeless folk song, composed of a simple, repeated melodic figure that gives way to a soaring resolution in the last third of the minute-and-a-half or so track. As far as I can tell, however, … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Holly Small – Break

Holly Small (last heard on Volume 42 with her take on the meaning of life) returns with another unapologetically sweet, R&B-infused tune – with, of course, no instruments but her own pipes. “Break” is another love song from Holly, and … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Colin Isler – Ribbons of Sun

“Ribbons of Sun” plays and listens like a typewriter. Colin Isler sings a line, leaves you to ponder what he’s just said amidst hmms, ohhs, and a Friday the 13th-esque tcha tcha tcha tcha. It has an eerie effect. and … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Visceral Candy – Scratching My Head (Feat. Tim Stiles)

I am so glad Seth Swift et al. took up my all-vocals challenge to concoct this delightfully twisted hip-hop tune about insecurity, lice, and boogers. Just four tracks in we’ve seen the stark, solo vocal; the multi-tracked faux rock band; … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Mts. and Tunnels – Not Bad

On “Not Bad,” Seattle’s Mts. and Tunnels go full pop doo-wop and they absolutely kill it. While the first “bum, ba bum”‘s of the barbershop quartet bass parts seem a tad hokey for a second, the lead vocal and harmony … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Swooning – Sun & the Moon

[We’re proud to welcome a new writer to the  fold. You’ve probably heard Matty P on Ball of Wax and/or seen him on stage at a BoW release show, whether as a member of the Foghorns Bucket o’ Bourbon Choir … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 44 Songs: Levi Fuller – Mirrorful

There are a bunch of different ways you can approach an a capella arrangement. Ainara LeGardon went with an unaccompanied voice singing the lyrics and melody, simple and sparse. Head Ball of Waxer Levi Fuller went another in another direction with … Continue reading

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