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

New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence – The Ozrics seem to be believers in the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." They've found a style that works for them and that their fans seem to like. On this, their latest release, they've...  (1994) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues