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John Curley

Wussy, North by North, Calliope 

When: Fri., June 24, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $8
As a native of Cincinnati, let me corroborate how much Wussy mean to the city. It’s not only because of the catalog of Christgau-adored records they’ve dropped on a label run by the predominant, beloved local record store Shake It!, it’s also that they’ve never stopped weaving the fabric of the city into their sound. Fronted by the dueling vocals of Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver, Wussy have long cultivated a bleeding, backwoods poeticism accented by an air of shoegaze and a plaintive touch of the tranquil south—the oppressive humidity of Cincinnati gently billowing in to wrap the snaking, gentle delay and mellow rhythms in a thick warmth. On their fine new record Forever Sounds one track might play both harrowing and delicate in its advance (“Dropping Houses”) while another turn will feature a melodic, gently rocking soliloquy (“Hello, I’m a Ghost”). The change of pace is undoubtedly a result of the trade-off of fronting duties between Walker and Cleaver, but though the differences from one vibe to another can occasionally seem subtle, the easy-flowing give-and-take is essential to Wussy’s mentality as a Cincinnati band.
— Kevin Warwick
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