Warbler BC crafts a somber sound leaning into dream pop and indie rock fastenings on album ‘Warbler BC One’
Born and raised in New York City, Bruce Wayne Carl’s (aka Warbler BC) journey has been one fraught with madness, a dead family, a dead wife, heroine and every other kind of addiction and then finally trouble with the law. It is no wonder that he has been called a “tortured musical soul.” Carl now currently lives in Denver, CO where he records and performs. Warbler BC One is his debut album.
In the vein of other tortured artists like Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison, Carl makes music that very much expresses the turmoil and torment in his soul. He is able to perfect this balance of somber and angst with a dream pop, alternative and indie rock vibe that meshes these genres together to create a unique sound all its own.
Warbler BC One moves right in with “Starry Gown” with spiraling synths that swirl across this track as Carl’s vocals expresses feelings both melancholic and sorrowful. The electronic effects perfect an atmospheric backdrop to Carl’s emotive vocals. A piano melody adds to the ambience. Up next is “Don’t Fall In Love,” where the sound of orchestrated strings add a somber vibe to this already melancholic track. The sound of numerating on the guitar propels the stirring elements seen in this song. Carl’s emotive vocals are deep and expressive. I could really feel the sadness spilling forth from his singing. A drumming beat is vibrantly executed on “Fair.” Trailing guitars moves forward with a sprawling sound that soars overhead this number. This track displays some straight-forward rock n’ roll, which is a departure from the moody atmosphere seen in the previous songs.
More blazing guitar riffs get uncovered on “Just What I Wanted.” A revved drumming beat adds to the momentum on rhythms. This track follows a more classic rock approach with a sound that pays homage to ‘60s/’70s era of rock music. Carl dives right back into the pensive sounds seen in the beginning of the album with “Trouble.” The meandering melody on the guitar is thought-provoking. Carl leaves you in a contemplative place with this moody acoustic piece. The EP ends on a reflective note with “Ulysses Song” that closes the album with radio-active guitars, both acoustic and electric, that goes on to highlight Carl’s crafted sound.
His experiences heighten the emotion behind each song, adding weight when there needs be as well as allowing for moments of levity that gives these tracks a timeless feel. You really get to know the man behind the mic, between his deep lyrics, sad vocal harmonies and moving instrumentals, what you get is a vibe that is a sum of its parts. And with that in mind, the songs can get a little heavy. This EP is for audiences who find this type of subject matter cathartic. Though these set of songs lean toward the down and heavy, they are not without moments of light and hope. Carl plays with both light and darkness to give an album not entirely made out of gloom and doom. Warbler BC One deals with all shades and everything in between. The EP was a solid start and I can’t wait to see where he goes next from here.