Denial River

Imagine: It’s just you, and the open highway. Somehow, Wil Cope pens the songs that shape that very vibe into music. It’s haunted. It can be desolate. It’s loaded with memories and twilight times, maybe a few regrets, always a string of best-laid plans that might’ve gone south.

Cope’s 8-song EP, Denial River, is arguably his strongest work yet. He recorded it with producer and band mate Doug Walseth, and something about it carries an otherworldly shadow hovering above a long stretch of road, alongside a shimmering body of water flowing toward somewhere unknown, unexplored. There’s Cope. And there’s no turning back now.

You’ll get to hear some tracks from it and then some when Cope plays tonight at Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, sharing the bill with North Carolina-based artist Alma Russ. The music starts at 9 p.m. So recommended.

-Photography by Jacqueline Badeaux.

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