Release Date: Feb 16, 2015
Record label: Old Habits
Head here to submit your own review of this album. To paraphrase Henry Ford when describing the exquisite simplicity of his Model T, "any customer can have any colour he likes, so long as it's black." Wax Stag will go one step further. You can have any colour you like; blue, black, red, pink, azure, tangerine, lime or burgundy, but regardless of outside appearances, the beast under the bonnet will remain resolutely the same.
Like Boards of Canada, Vector Lovers or Border Community's old guard, Rob Lee's work as Wax Stag exists in a British lineage of pastoral electronica. In its warm retro sound and its wide-eyed, awestruck melodies, II, his new album, evokes an '80s British childhood of newly exciting Atari video games, summers spent outdoors and, on the TV, a diet of David Attenborough documentaries and the pop-science futurism of the BBC's Tomorrow's World. It is a record steeped in the sounds of early computer technology, but one similarly inspired by the natural world.A multi-instrumentalist who has toured with artists as diverse as White Lies and Clark, Lee keeps his own music almost confrontationally simple.