Baeble First Play: The Wall Of Sound Existential Rock Ambition Of Drew Worthley
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

Drew Worthley keeps impressing me every time I hear new music from him. We had the chance to talk to Drew about his surrealist, atypical folk rock number "Bone China Savior", and he's sent me other tracks since then. And today we're pleased to bring you "The Underground Man" which is the best number from this UK songwriter yet. It's one thing to say a song feels big. There are lots of ways that a song can evoke sonic immensity. But it's rare for a song to make me feel...small...to make me aware of the way that I'm a part of a much larger system and that the vastness of the human experience and the universe extends so far past my own perspective. But Drew Worthley does just that on his latest track.

Maybe it's the fact that the track is an homage to Dostoyevsky. There's nothing quite like some Russian existentialism to remind you of the unending forward momentum of the universe and how little you can personally do to sway it. It's definitely Worthley's voice which as its most impassioned and pleading. He hits the right lyrical notes and even touches on how we're all just dust from dead stars (which is scientifically true). And, sonically, the track combines Phil Spector's wall of sound with a titanic swell and cinematic tension that play into the beauty and grandness of the track's emotional themes. Keep giving us music like this Drew, and I don't think it will be long before everybody on this side of the pond knows your name.

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