Nashville-based duo wishpenny, comprising the talented duo Brian and Regina Russell, has gifted us a musical gem with their second independent album, “day after dark.” Let’s delve into the tapestry of this album by exploring four standout tracks that showcase the duo’s musical prowess and lyrical depth. he title track sets the stage for the entire album, offering an optimistic and toe-tapping love song. With a foot-tapping rhythm and heartfelt lyrics like “you keep my heart starting day after dark,” wishpenny captures the essence of enduring love. The song’s infectious energy and Regina’s vocals make it an instant favorite, setting a positive tone for the musical journey that follows. “better than we found” is a reflective composition that explores the universal theme of leaving something better for future generations. Regina’s drum kit adds a unique touch to this song as she sings about common hopes and the collective desire to make a positive impact on the world. The track resonates with listeners, conveying a message of shared aspirations for a brighter future.


Switching to the darker side, “not about love” is a raw and introspective piece where Regina plays acoustic guitar and a stomp board. The lyrics, “I hear them saying that I oughtta go, but I think I’m gonna stay,” showcase the duo’s ability to explore themes of staying true to oneself amidst external pressures. Brian’s guitar work shines in this song, creating a moody atmosphere that adds depth to the album’s narrative. “escape velocity” takes listeners on a journey tracing the life of an adventurer’s wife. Brian’s intricate guitar work narrates the tale, providing a sonic backdrop to the complexities of life on the road. The song captures the essence of longing and the challenges faced by those left behind. As the album moves through its darker side, “escape velocity” stands out as a poignant exploration of love and separation.

These four tracks offer a glimpse into the diverse musical landscape of “day after dark.” wishpenny’s ability to seamlessly blend different moods and themes showcases their mastery of folk-rock with a contemporary twist. As the album unfolds, listeners are treated to a rich and immersive experience that transcends conventional genres, making “day after dark” a must-listen for those seeking music with depth and authenticity.

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