When he's not drumming for Sungai Petani's pop punk band, I Lost The Plot drummer, W/SH (pronounced 'Wish') has a softer persona to his solo music.
Release Date: 10 Dec 2018
Among all of the tracks I've missed while sifting for music throughout 2018, Tertanya-tanya lies in the top tier. There's a lot of heart in this simple song where we're made to question whether something has truly ended or is it worth persevering for. Wish pens together beautiful and straight-to-the-point lyricism. What's more, in an indie world filled with lo-fi melancholia, littered across an endless field of bedroom and dream pop, the sheen in both the vocal harmonies and guitar on this track is saccharine. The tinny quality in the singing adds so much emotional depth to an already gripping song. All of which mixed and recorded by Wish himself, applying his audio engineering polish to a DIY ethos. The synth parts which punctuate the verses gives Tertanya-tertanya a retro quality, but without ever reaching any excesses. His emo rock root shows in the vocalisation - which makes it better, actually, embellishing it with a rarefied energy befitting a coming-of-age movie.
Tertanya-tanya leaves the listener no doubt about its earnestness. Here's to more W/SH projects in the future
RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★
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