Indie-turned-rock band, Corusco has produced a solid record that displays the hardships of life, love and relationships. Opening with the track, “New Year” right from the beginning, we get a track with a hard-hitting sound that tells the story of the magical moment of a perfect first kiss and that moment where the rest of the world could stop spinning and you probably wouldn’t even notice.
Directly following, “Better Off” tells the end of that love story. While the beginning was great and beautiful, in the end it was flawed. This track has the same energy of the opener, but you can tell that the group has grown since that first track. The vocals are earnest and heartfelt and you can just tell that it’s a genuine story.
The album continues on with the title track, “Wake” — which features a much more stripped back vibe, that shows a softer side and heavily hints back to their early days as a group. Many of these tracks began with just a single, raw vocal and an acoustic guitar, and it’s very evident that this was one of those songs. It still has a full band sound, but it is just more raw than all the other tracks on the album.
“Daughter” and “Stranger” are two tracks that go together. They tell the story of one of the member’s mother and grandfather. (You can read more about these in our Get To Know.)
“The World We Know” has an anthemic, almost pop-punk vibe with their indie rock twist that fans of either genre will love. This is another song that has high energy and a strong vocal that easily makes this a standout on the album.
The record closes with “Leaves of Grass” a super-stripped, heartfelt track that showcases the range of emotion that the group has encompassed on the entire album, possibly even their entire journey as a band.
The guys of Corusco have said they’ve been writing this album over several years and have re-recorded a number of tracks. It’s actually visible to the listener; you get to see how they have managed to subtly show their progression from track to track, whether it be through the lyrics or the sound itself. Along the way, it is clear that they have morphed into something much larger with a great, unique sound that Corusco has embraced as their own signature sound.
Overall, this record is a wonderful first look into the lives of the Texas natives that shows how much they put into perfecting their work and creating music that will connect with people. The unique sound and honest lyrics make this a great addition to any indie rock fan’s playlist.