Waskerley Way – “Haunted Tors”
Newcastle’s Waskerley Way (Michael Bridgewater) has steadily put out some fuzzed electronic lo-fi bedroom (usually feline influenced/named) pop tunes over the last year or so. His newest endeavor, Haunted Tors, goes to a much murkier and tense vibe. While it may not soothe the ears as much as his previous efforts, it definitely sparks the mind in a whole new way. The title track, “Haunted Tors” is the album’s longest track…and it’s a traveler—starting with a dooming bass murmur that is soon brightened by a jangle of guitar and Bridgewater’s light melodic vocals. As it stretches out it blossoms into an unexpected explosion of fuzz and beat. Love it. Here’s what Bridgewater had to say about the song:
Haunted Tors is a track inspired by the Yorkshire Dales, a remote part of England that boasts some staggering landscapes as well as some punishing terrain. The song is based on a loose speculative fiction that I devised in which England’s towns and cities are engulfed by a kind of horrible civil war scenario, and the only salvation to be found is way up in the hills. I consider the track to be pretty hopeful, like a long, meandering search followed by salvation (where the guitars etc get loud!) but I’m quite happy to leave it up to the listener to feel their around way music for themselves.
Download Waskerley Way’s Haunted Tors and the rest of his extensive catalog on bandcamp.