WANR – “The Finest Things” (feat. Ana Marcu)

WANR music

WANR is the Oregon-based duo of Mitchell Winters and Bryce Miller, who craft an entrancing sound that collides James Blake’s sensual pop/R&B implementations with beautifully soaring soundscapes reminiscent of How to Dress Well. Relevant to that comparison, Winters’ vocals possess an airy, ethereal quality comparable to How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell, a tone and delivery that works exceedingly well over the fuzzy synth trickles, bumbling pop-bass, and toppling percussion on standout track “The Finest Things”, off their Cityscape EP from last year. WANR produces a lush balance of sounds from a wide palate of influences; everything from recent electro-pop phenomenons like HtDW, Active Child, and James Blake are in play alongside ’80s pop innovators like Prefab Sprout and Erasure. Check these guys out, for sure.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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