While it isn't exactly the Moth and Moon LP Roy Robertson's fans have been expecting since this past summer, the recent release of the Wonderness EP isn't a stopgap intended to satiate his hungry audience, either. From the gentle opening notes of "Icing" to the closing refrains of "In Your Way," it's painfully obvious that the disc's four tracks were constructed with too much love and care for the EP not to be considered a complete work in and of itself.
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has been known to describe the studio as just another instrument played on the album, and the way Robertson's arrangements and mixes were handled, using choruses of heavily reverbed backing singing more as instruments than vocals, shows he has the same philosophy—all the more impressive once one considers that Robertson recorded, mixed and mastered the album himself.
Album closer "In Your Way" best exemplifies this. The track, which begins with just a single guitar strumming chords, quickly adds in a second guitar while Robertson begins building a strong case for himself as one of the area's top vocal talents. Even after all the twists and turns the disc has gone through up to this point, the immensely gratifying vocals that hit on the refrain of "In your way forever I'll be" are still able to surprise and satisfy. And at the point where the song feels like it should end, Robertson erupts with an even bigger-sounding pseudo-Beach Boys feel, begging "What more could you want?" in a half-time feel.
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The only answer: Nothing at all. Roy Robertson has managed to pull off the near-impossible, delivering an EP that supplies all the musical and emotional range of a full-length.