credit: Rian Archer
Introducing Wishy, a brand new band from celebrated Indiana songwriters Kevin Krauter and Nina Pitchkites. Brought together over their love of 90s alternative bands like The Sundays and My Bloody Valentine, Krauter and Pitchkites soon began crafting their own brand of swirling pop-rock with an introspective, grungy flair. Across two trips to Los Angeles in late 2022 and early 2023, Krauter and Pitchkites linked up with friend and producer Ben Lumsdaine, and the result of their fruitful time in sunny California is the aptly named Paradise, a breezy EP that puts on full display the songwriters’ musical fluency. Tastefully blending shoegaze, dreampop, and alt-rock into a heavenly haze, Wishy delivers a strong 5-song introduction that’s dense with melodic earworms and stirring sentiment.
Across the EP’s five tracks, Pitchkites and Krauter trade bittersweet reflections on love and self actualization over vast, scrappy guitar chords that feel equally indebted to early aughts alt-rock and ‘90s jangle pop. Wishy’s music is cathartic, yet underlined by a subtle brooding energy—sitting nicely next to contemporaries like Momma or Tanukichan, both of whom Wishy have shared the stage with.
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