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.
“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.
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.