Photo by Anthony Mulcahy
Over the past few years, David Wax Museum have been tweaking their sound, mostly towards an almost electronic way and away from their Mexican inspired traditional folk. Their latest song, "Helen, Can You Forgive Me?" blows up both of those into something completely new. There is plenty of folk in the new song, but decent amount of the song features David Wax singing in a soul style falsetto. It's a simple sounding song, but it is deeply layered. Instruments come and go seemingly at random, almost like a band member suddenly remembered that there's a piano over there, and maybe it should be used. There's also some serious indie rock style electric guitar used throughout the song. It starts with what sounds like a tremelo effect that would make Mission of Burma proud. Only on the chorus does this sound anything like the David Wax Museum we've come to know and love. It's really captivating to hear a band that is willing to experiment with their sound like this, and we can't wait to hear what's next.
You can hear "Helen, Can You Forgive Me?" below. David Wax Museum are currently previewing songs for their upcoming album via their Patreon. You can join that here. For more on David Wax Museum, check out the band's website.