Austin’s Wiretree makes the kind of pop-rock that’s exceptionally hard to do: it’s buoyant and peppy, but deeply heartfelt at the same time. Towards The Sky–the band’s first album in four years and fifth overall–tackles some heavy subject matter, namely singer/guitarist Kevin Peroni’s loss of his father. The “sky” in the album title and artwork is key. The songs, while melancholic, are sky-reaching and intimate (one look at the band’s My KUTX from a few years ago hints at this aesthetic). “Let Me In” starts the record off on a quietly pleading note, and deeper listening shows off Wiretree’s knack for detailed arrangements. It sounds like something from a Wes Anderson soundtrack: intricate but warmly emotional.
“Let Me In” appears on Towards The Sky, out March 1.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX