Cut Through The Noise: Wednesday, Gracie Abrams, Gorillaz


Illustration by Isaac Wert

Alex Hoag

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” an entertainment column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer takes on the role as writer, reviewing recent single releases from a variety of artists.


Wednesday — ‘Bath County’ ★★★★★

I was introduced to the band Wednesday over the summer and instantly fell in love. Once I heard they were dropping a new single on Feb. 23, I was more than excited. The new single “Bath County,” is off their new album “RAT SAW GOD,” which is set to release on April 7. At a few points in the song, you can feel lead vocalist Karly Hartzman lose herself and start to scream. It sends a raw, chilling feeling through your bones, leaving you

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in awe. The sound of the song itself is buzzy and muffled, much like a lot of their other work. The instruments themselves go through a few different riffs throughout the song, making it hard to get bored.  Hartzman’s tone and volume changes with the instruments, which I thought was a cool addition. When the guitar screeches, so does Hartzman. The only negative comment I have about “Bath County” is its similarity to their other songs. The song seems like it could be another song off their last album, “Twin Plagues.” Other than that, “Bath County” is overall a really great song. Wednesday is a new indie-rock band with the campy twist that everyone needs in their life. 

Gracie Abrams — ‘The blue’ ★★★☆☆

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“The blue” is a new song from Abrams’ newest album, “Good Riddance,” which was released on Feb. 24. First of all, Gracie has a very beautiful voice. It’s soothing, silky and honestly, could probably put me to sleep. My main issue with this song, however, is the length and repetition. “The blue” is a five-minute slow song with a chorus and refrain that are repeated multiple times. Even though Abrams has a very elegant voice, I found myself bored while listening to this track. I was honestly just waiting for it to be over so I could get on and write this review. Even though this isn’t my favorite song on this list, “The blue” has some nice elements. The piano and guitar melodies are very nice and calming. You can hear the guitarist sliding down the fretboard, which is a unique aspect of this song. Many times, artists like to edit this out, but I like how Abrams decided to keep it in. Overall, this isn’t an amazing track, but it is a nice tune if you are looking for something slow and comforting. 

Gorillaz — ‘Cracker Island’ ★★★☆☆

Gorillaz is a band everyone knows. They have so many hits and it’s impossible to not know at least one. “Feel good Inc” and “Rhinestone Eyes” are their most notable tracks and they definitely live up to the excitement. Sadly, “Cracker Island” just doesn’t compare to Gorillaz’s other material. “Cracker Island” is a track off the new Gorillaz album of the same name. This song features Thundercat, whom I had never heard of before listening to this track. Thundercat plays the bass in the song and his parts are very well incorporated. Altho

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ugh the bass riffs are subtle at parts, you can still hear them throughout and they carry an R&B feel with them. Overall, the song is very electronic and upbeat, but honestly, not something that I would listen to on my own time. The only part that I truly enjoyed was Thundercat’s bass lines in between verses and a little solo at the end. I do think it is a well-produced song, and if you like electronic and digital music, you may enjoy it. It’s just not for me.