Imaad Wasif, former sideman for Folk Implosion and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has emerged as a strong frontman with his second solo album "Strange Hexes."
Imaad Wasif, former sideman for Folk Implosion and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has emerged as a strong frontman with his second solo album “Strange Hexes.”
Along with his backing band, Two Part Beast (Bobb Bruno on bass and Adam Garcia on drums), Wasif explores rich guitar-based psychedelic pop that’s less introspective and slightly heavier than the songs found on his 2005 self-titled debut. Even with his former bands (which also include the lesser-heard Lowercase and Alaska!), Wasif was never content to just sit and play, and with “Strange Hexes,” the talented axeman cuts loose, turning in blistering solos on the proggy “The Oracle” and “Cloudlines”. He also proves himself to be a valid singer on the catchy “Spell.” With Bruno’s strong basslines (check out the McCartney-esque work on “Spell”) and Garcia’s driving drumming, Two Part Beast is the perfect foil for the burgeoning singer-songwriter-guitarist. After a while though, the exercise feels repetitive, with several songs sharing too similar a sound.