Music Reviews: September 2018

The latest from Super City and Josiah Wise.

Lydia Woolever - September 2018

Music Reviews: September 2018

The latest from Super City and Josiah Wise.

Lydia Woolever - September 2018


SEPT-2018-MUSIC-REVIEWS-SUPER-CITY-ART.jpg#asset:65592

Super City

Sanctuary (self-released)

Within the first 20 seconds of this new album from Super City, you know one thing for sure: it’s going to rock. The five members of this indie-pop (or “freak wave,” as they’ve recently been dubbed) band have the trappings of real-deal rock stars, and this second full-length record shows how ready they are for the big stage. Cue the lights for 10 sensational songs that are pure, infectious fun. Frontmen Dan Ryan and Greg Wellham take turns in the spotlight, shifting between gentle croons and soaring cries, but each bandmate gets his time to shine across playful anthems and power ballads. With undeniable chemistry, they imbue every inch of this record with a magnetic luster, filling each corner and crevice with shimmering sound via cascading drums, searing guitars, golden harmonies recorded on their iPhones, and Wall of Sound choruses that rattle your soul. You can hear the influences—’70s and ’80s idols including Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, even Prince, with a touch of hair metal—but Super City’s ferocious energy, as shown in their live shows, is uniquely their own. Wherever you are, whichever song you listen to, just make like the band and dance.


SEPT-2018-MUSIC-REVIEWS-SERPENT-ART.jpg#asset:65591

serpentwithfeet

soil (Secretly Canadian)

It’s not often that an artist comes around who has created something completely new. It would be easy to call singer Josiah Wise, aka serpentwithfeet, experimental or avant-garde, but his music refuses to stay inside even those lines. Instead, he creates his own hauntingly beautiful brand of R&B, combining the gospel roots of his choir-boy childhood in Baltimore with a goth aesthetic and atmospheric soundscapes honed in his new home of Brooklyn. This debut album is a body of work to be listened to from start to finish, as each song paints a vivid scene, toying with themes of good and evil, lust and loss, darkness and light. His singular voice plays a cast of characters—a scorned heart, a feverish lover—that layer and multiply into an intricate chorus, all ruminating on the multitudes of love. Across serenades, spirituals, and devotionals, his tenor flitters and flutters, soaring in height and free falling with abandon. The result is an otherworldly collection of songs that are both tranquil and tempestuous, devout and dubious, resolute and wayward all at once. With fame at the fringes of his coattails, this chameleon of an artist is one to know now. Or yesterday.





You May Also Like


Arts District

Comedians Share Awkward Stories of Sex, Love, and Hookups at Motor House

Awkward Sex...and the City comes to Baltimore for a night of hilarious storytelling.

Arts & Culture

Wonder Women

Celebrate trailblazers and groundbreaking accomplishments during Women’s History Month.



Arts & Culture

In The Stacks

The Archive at Ida B’s Table aims to educate and inspire guests.

Arts & Culture

Private Eyes

Boudoir photography takes off.

Arts District

Baltimore Drummers to Star in Ellen DeGeneres Web Series

The six-part series will feature Timothy Fletcher and Malik Perry on their quest to rebuild Baltimore.

Connect With Us

Most Read


March Madness Food and Drink Specials That Are Slam Dunks: Fill out your bracket and head to these local watering holes for NCAA games.

Catherine Pugh Resigns From UMMS Board Amid $500,000 Book Deal Controversy: Baltimore mayor earned $100,000 in profits in burgeoning ethics scandal.

Fancy Clancy Pilsner to Debut at Sliders on Opening Day: The beloved beer vendor finally gets a brew to call his own.

Deyane Moses’ Blackives Revises MICA’s Racist History: New exhibit and online database inspires institutional change at the art school.

Five Things to Know About Broadway Market in Fells Point: For starters, one of the stalls officially opens today.