Release Date: Jun 26, 2012
Record label: File Under Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Hailing from the relatively small Eau Claire, Wisconsin, music scene, the Daredevil Christopher Wright might have something of a kid brother complex going on. Though the band was formed in 2004, its relatively sporadic output had been celebrated in part due to involvement from fellow Eau Claire musician Justin Vernon of Bon Iver's connection to the group's 2009 debut album, In Deference to a Broken Back. Vernon mixed several songs on that album, which was a colorful affair that used a wide variety of guest musicians and auxiliary sounds to augment singer/songwriter Jon Sunde's winsome orchestral folk-rock.
A short while back, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus hosted two shows within the same week. One was a sold-out dubstep show where a massive throng of people all looked on in wonder at something that was produced by a computer and not actual musicians. The other was a sparsely-attended show featuring a trio of classically-trained musicians called the Daredevil Christopher Wright.
The last thing that could be said about The Daredevil Christopher Wright is that they are too wedded to one sound. The Nature of Things, their second full-length, weaves traces of Simon & Garfunkel (the opener, “I & Thou”), Fleet Foxes (“Blood Brother”), and a kind of twee, Belle and Sebastian flavor (“Andrew the Wanderer”). One could argue that all three of those groups share something in common, but they also represent different eras.