Exposé Online banner

Wished Bone & Spencer Radcliffe — A Bug Crawled in the Piano
(Bandcamp no#, 2020, DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-07-28

A Bug Crawled in the Piano Cover art

Wished Bone is the nom de plume of Athens, Ohio based singer-songwriter Ashley Rhodus, who also plays guitar, who goes by the pseudonym Slim Morrison on some of her earlier recordings. Beginning with her 2015 debut Pseudio Recordings, her albums tend toward a lo-fi acid folk bedroom-studio sound, led by her fragile yet pleasant voice and guitar, her songs seeming to be documents of personal experience. With each subsequent release the production has evolved, and last year’s Sap Season featured four additional musicians supporting her, and the sound was far better than any before it. Spencer Radcliffe was one of those musicians, credited with saxophone on that album, although there is no sax on her latest EP, A Bug Crawled in the Piano, in fact the production takes a step back toward her lo-fi beginnings, though the songs are excellent and her voice is centered in the mix of instrumentation, which is mostly one or more guitars and drum machine with occasional keyboard, although no specific credits are provided. All six songs are written by Wished Bone except the closer “Glue,” which is credited to the gerbils – a soft and beautiful vocal tune with guitar, melodica, and drum machine accompaniment. The opener, “Help My Brother,” offers a tuneful and personal lyric delivered with breathy vocals, a style that is one of Wished Bone’s trademarks. Another standout is “Where Did All the Time Go,” sporting an easy-going melody and Caribbean flavored drum pattern. “New York City” is a personal favorite, with fragile vocals supported by a rollicking rhythm of acoustic guitars. Overall, this bears a charming and simple folky sound that comes at you straight from her heart. One might have a listen at her Bancamp site below.

Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): Wished Bone

More info

Latest news

Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Time's Forgotten - A Relative Moment of Peace – Time’s Forgotten is a new progressive band from San Jose, Costa Rica. Formed in 2004, the band consists of Juan Pablo Calvo (keyboards, samples, background vocals, programming), Jorge Sobrado...  (2008) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues