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The Wormholes release genre-bending new track “Temporary Vessel”

By Cameron Lee

March 22, 2020

Charlotte indie psychedelic synth-rock duo The Wormholes released their debut album Cosmic Propaganda in 2018. The project is a mind-bending musical journey of experimental sounds and luring hooks that fully showcased the group’s ingenuity. With a revived sound after the departure of band member, Chris Dameron, current members Chris Walters and Ben Verner have adapted. “We had a 14-show tour booked, and we were down a man with only three months to prepare for performances. We immediately began experimenting with new methods and gear to see how we could exist and perform as a duo, and if it would work at all,” said Verner. 

Ben Verner and Chris Walters. Photo: Lewis Dameron

“Temporary Vessel” is a hypnotic five-minute piece that starts off with inviting synths and hallucinatory vocals that transition into a vigorous psychedelic guitar episode. Fusing together synth-pop elements with post-rock textures, the song is proof the duo has honed their experimental sounds. “In the past we were intimidated by our own limitations of being a home DIY studio…Now we’ve embraced the limitations, and removed the self-inflicted barrier of feeling that we weren’t state of the art,” said Verner. 

Chris Walters and Ben Verner. Photo: Lewis Dameron

Recording, mixing, and engineering the song in their home studio in Charlotte, Verner and Walters have transitioned into full-time musicians with a refined focus on their craft. Managing a balance between the various instruments and accents with air-tight production, “Temporary Vessel” is an impressive number that expands the mind to explore more hybrid genres in rock. 

The Wormholes will be releasing a video soon with a release show planned at Snug Harbor. Listen to “Temporary Vessel” and follow the band on Instagram and Facebook.

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